Mom donates organs of son killed in crash, saving four lives

ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL | Simone Stover
Antoinette Suina, left, and Lita Suina, the mother and grandmother of Joel Anthony Suina, show pictures of him on what would have been his 7th birthday during a press conference at the New Mexico Donor Services offices on Monday. Joel’s organs were donated. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)
The mother of a 6-year-old child who died after a car crash earlier this year has donated his organs, saving the lives of the four individuals who received them.

“It’s what he would have wanted. He’s so loving and such a giving child that he would have wanted that,” said Antoinette Suina, the mother of Joel Anthony Suina, at a news conference at New Mexico Donor Services on Monday, what would have been Anthony’s (as he was called by his mother) seventh birthday.

Suina, Anthony and Suina’s daughter, Ariana, had been in a crash in April with an Albuquerque Police Department cruiser at the intersection at Eubank and Indian School. Both children were critically injured.

Ariana underwent surgery and was later released from the hospital, but Anthony died after being taken off life support. Continue reading
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