MMA Fighter Donates Son’s Organs After Toddler Killed by Alleged Drunk Driver

TIME | Melissa Chan

A professional mixed martial arts fighter has donated the organs of his 15-month-old son who was mowed down by an alleged drunk driver over the weekend while he was sitting inside his stroller.

Marcus Kowal and his wife took their baby, Liam Mikael Kowal, off life support on Sunday after doctors declared the infant brain dead. “He tried to fight so hard. He even died at one point but they brought him back. He’s a little fighter,” the Sweden-born athlete wrote on Facebook.

“Our hearts are broken and there’s a void in my soul but we will get through this,” he added.

The couple decided to donate their son’s heart so it “can make another child live” and prevent another family from going through the same heartbreak, Kowal added. “It hurts to write this but Liam loved to share and the person we were going to raise him to be would love to help someone else,” Kowal said, urging his Facebook followers to message him if they knew of any child in need of a new heart.

Their young son’s life was cut short Saturday after a 72-year-old woman plowed her SUV into the baby and his 15-year-old aunt while the two were crossing the street in California, police said in a statement. A police photo of the accident scene shows the stroller broken in half. Video, continue reading
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