Father of young organ donors speaks at Mason City event


MASON CITY — Carson DeJoode always knew he was a hero.

The 5-year-old “Star Wars” fan liked to pretend he was a Jedi and wanted to play left tackle some day so he could protect the quarterback, said his father, Troy DeJoode, of Ankeny, during a Donate Life event at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa Thursday.

In May 2010 Carson and his 5-month-old sister, Claire, were killed in a car crash.

Despite his grief, their father agreed as they were dying to have them be organ and tissue donors.

Both children have saved the lives of others as a result.

DeJoode has met the child from Utah who received Claire’s heart. Continue reading
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