Teenage hero amongst dozen honored in New Mexico for life-saving organ donation
That year the organization set a new record for saving most lives through organ donation.
“We are able to take someone’s worst day and watch hope turn into a real miracle,” said Espinoza.
Some of the Luminarias had handwritten notes saved by loved ones to thank the heroes. Katie
Cummings, whose daughter was saved by a donor three years ago, was also at the memorial.
“It’s a blessing,” said Cummings. “We haven’t met our donor yet, but I want this family to be proud and know that they saved the life of a young, fabulous young girl.”
The family of 17-year-old Xaven Garcia was also at the memorial. It was in November when Garcia’s house caught fire and he pulled his father out of the flames. But four days later he died of his injuries.
“I still feel numb, proud, sad, confused, but we know he’s better off than we are,” said Xaven’s father, Phillip Garcia. “He was a great boy, we will miss him very much.”
However, Xaven has now given four people this miracle of life by donating his organs.
Garcia said, “Surrendering to help others, that’s a hell of a hero I think,” said Garcia.
Garicai lit his son’s luminaria and said how proud he is of Xaven: “It’s just an honor to be his parents.”
Currently, more than 700 people in New Mexico are waiting for life-saving organ transplants, according to New Mexico Donor Services.
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