Central Louisiana mom's 'little hero' saved lives with organ donations

The Town Talk | Richard Sharkey

Larabee Thompson touches a photo of her late son, Garrett Thompson, on the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency Donor Memorial Wall in Rapides Regional Medical Center on Thursday. Garrett was 6 when he died, and his organs benefited four recipients. / Richard Sharkey/rsharkey@thetowntalk.com

Six-year-old Garrett Thompson died in 2007, but his mother says he lives on through the four people who received his organs.

“His gifts give our family comfort every day, and we have been blessed to get know the heart recipient and his family,” Larabee Thompson said Thursday while talking about her late son’s organ donations.

Garrett is among the organ donors honored on the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency Donor Memorial Wall on the second floor of Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.

The donors each are honored with a photo on a plaque displayed on the wall. Among well-known donors are former Rep. John “Jock” Scott of Alexandria and Glen DeVanie, an Alexandria deputy marshal killed in a traffic accident while on duty in 2003.

Thompson, 39, stood by the Donor Memorial Wall as she talked about Garrett and the circumstances surrounding his death.
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