Giving the gift of life amidst tragedy

THV11 | Josh Dooley
Declared brain dead by doctors at UAMS in Little Rock, the family of Michael McKenzie will donate his organs to help others live.(Photo: Facebook)

Family will donate organs before Michael McKenzie is taken off life support by doctors at UAMS in Little Rock

Michael McKenzie was surrounded by family at UAMS in Little Rock on Wednesday morning. It was a somber gathering after doctors officially declared the 22-year-old Mountain Home man brain dead at 6:30 p.m. the night before.

The declaration came some five days after McKenzie was struck by a car near the Royal 66 as he tried to cross U.S. Highway 62 East late Friday night.

Following the announcement Tuesday night, UAMS medical personnel spoke with McKenzie’s family about their options. Because of his young age and good health before the tragedy, doctors believed his organs could be harvested and used to help others.

McKenzie’s mother, Deborah, his father, Johnny, and older brother, John, had a difficult decision to make. Would they donate Michael’s organs?

“We got together as a family and we talked about,” Deborah said. “It didn’t take long, about 30 minutes. We felt like that was what he would have wanted.” Continue reading

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