Football coach received lifesaving transplant from former player

KOAT | Sandra Ramerez

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A devastating tragedy for one New Mexico family turned into a lifesaving miracle for another.

John and Judy Madrid’s living room is filled with pictures of their son, Jonathan Madrid.

Jonathan was a star football player and scholar at Belen High School.

"He loved football. That was his passion," said John Madrid.

Jonathan was supposed to leave for New Mexico Highlands University on Aug. 20 on a full academic scholarship.

Instead, that was the day John and Judy Madrid buried their only son.

Earlier this month, Jonathan fell off his bike and hit is head. He later died from his injuries.

The Madrid family said they hoped and prayed, "but God had a bigger plan."

Jonathan was an organ donor, a decision he made on his own in a driver’s education class. Continue reading,Video