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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Fargo family's tragedy turned into 'miracle'

Bobbi Fetzer holds a photo of her son Michael Fetzer Friday, July 15, 2016, who donated multiple organs to others after he was killed in an accident in 2011. A wall display, with photos shown on the monitor on the wall behind her, is being created at Essentia Health in Fargo that will honor organ donors. Dave Wallis / The Forum
INFORUM | Patrick Springer

FARGO—Michael Fetzer told his mother that he would like to be an organ donor if he died.

The declaration seemed jarring coming from a 7-year-old. Startled, his mother told him he could check that box when he turned 16 and got a driver's license.

Two weeks later, while walking home from a friend's house on the last day of school in 2011, the Fargo boy was struck by a car and killed.

Knowing his wishes, his parents authorized the donation of his organs. "Little did we know that we would be making that wish come true for him," his mother, Bobbi Fetzer, said.

His heart went to a 12-year-old girl in Salt Lake City whose heart was severely damaged by a virus. Mia Brickey, now 17, was just days from death.

Michael Fetzer is one of those who will be honored by a memorial wall recognizing organ donors at Essentia Health that will be unveiled during a ceremony from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26. Con
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