The Miracle of Michael McKenzie

The Baxter Bulletin | Josh Dooley
Johnny McKenzie and wife Deborah McKenzie hold a photograph of their son, Michael McKenzie, who died after being struck by a car on Aug. 21, 2015. The family decided to donate Michael’s organs. Doctors have told the family that, overall, Michael’s donation could end up saving the lives of 150 people. Kevin Pieper/The Baxter Bulletin
Mountain Home man’s organ donations have already helped to save the lives of three people

BULL SHOALS — Johnny and Deborah McKenziesat at a table inside First Baptist Church of Bull Shoals late Tuesday afternoon. Scattered in front of them were a lifetime of memories captured by dozens of photographs featuring their son, Michael, who was tragically struck by a car on Aug. 21.

Michael McKenzie, 23, who lived in Mountain Home, died four days later in the ICU unit at UAMS in Little Rock. After permission was given by the family, doctors harvested his organs to transplant in other sick patients.

A life so young was ultimately lost on a Friday night while attempting to cross U.S. Highway 62 East near the Royal 66, but in the “Miracle of Michael,” other lives were saved. Continue reading


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