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Teen killed in crash donates organs

Posted: 9:08 PM, Dec 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-05 12:22:53Z
Teen killed in crash donates organs

OMAHA, NEB. (KMTV) — Nebraska Organ Recovery says talking about organ donation with your child now, makes it easier if the unthinkable occurs.

"When something tragic happens it's a terrible time to have to make decisions, people are suffering they're going through a great deal of grief and stress and so if you could have that conversation and make sure somebody knows how you feel then that makes that time a little bit easier," says Kara Cordell, PR and Marketing specialist with Nebraska Organ Recovery.

14-year-old Trevor Canaday was in a killed in a car crash over the weekend. But before he died, his parents decided to donate his organs, giving hope to a few of the 114,000 people on the organ donation list.

"Every person has the potential to save up to eight lives with organ donation," says Cordell.

In Nebraska, 16 and 17 year old drivers can sign up to be organ donors when they get their license but the parent ultimately makes the call until they turns 18. Kara Cordell with Nebraska Organ Recovery says the child's wishes can go a long way.

“That parents has been put in an awful situation, a terrible situation, they know what their kid would want them to do so it makes that decision easier for them," says Cordell.