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Monday, January 4, 2016

Organ donation by local teenager still making changes

Your Houston News | Ryan Graham

Hayden O’Brien passed away in June 2008 at the age of 17. His donated organs went on to improve the lives of at least five people.

In 2008, two parents lost their son to an unfortunate drowning accident. In the wake of his untimely death, Hayden O’Brien left a positive effect on others that is still being felt today.

While Hayden was visiting family in Huntsville, he decided to go for a swim at a neighborhood pool by himself. While no one was able to give an exact account of what occurred, it was evident that he drowned in the pool. The pool’s lifeguards recovered him and performed CPR until help arrived. He was airlifted to Conroe Regional Medical Center, where his father works as an emergency room doctor. Hayden was eventually resuscitated, but the drowning left him in a vegetative state. His parents gave him several days in hopes that he would recover, but unfortunately, Hayden’s condition didn’t improve. He passed away peacefully three days after he was brought in.

“I don’t think he was ever breathing on his own, he was always hooked up to tubes,” said Hayden’s mother, Wanda O’Brien“I don’t think he was ever breathing on his own, he was always hooked up to tubes,” said Hayden’s mother, Wanda O’Brien. Continue reading


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