Deceased Winter Park High Schooler Roger Trindade donated organs, saved three lives


A Winter Park High School student’s memory and legacy lives on — in the form of a pulse from three organ donor recipients.

Roger Trindade — a student from Brazil in Winter Park High School’s International Baccalaureate Program — became a hero in the wake of tragedy, donating multiple organs to save three lives after of an incident in Winter Park’s Central Park last October took the teen’s life. 

The 15-year-old was declared brain dead shortly after he was found lying unconscious following an altercation with a group of Winter Park students. 

Adriana Thomé, Trindade’s mother who lives more than 3,000 miles away in Brazil, received the TransLife Medal of Honor on his behalf about a month ago.

The medal reads, “In their final hour, they gave a lifetime.”

“In the first place, I would like to have never received this medal,” Thomé said. “Roger was the light in my life, a smiling, always-happy boy who had a lot of respect for everyone and a huge heart. It was this huge heart that made me choose to donate an organ. I am sure that in addition to the organ donated, the person received love, affection, happiness and more.” Continue reading

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