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Monday, January 5, 2009

Meet Steven



Steven is one of "my kids". (By "my kids" I mean one of the kids who goes to the school I work at.) He is one of those kids who is always happy, always greets you with this huge smile. He is the only 5th grade boy who hugs me every single day. On Christmas day Steven helped the lives of up to 50 people by being an organ donor.

Three days before Christmas Steven was at his dad's house and somehow strangled himself with a bungee cord. No one is sure how. It's still being investigated. Paramedics were able to resuscitate him. They took him to the hospital, he was declared brain dead 3 days later. His Mom and Dad did an awesome thing by donating his organs.

I went back to work this morning. It was very hard. I glanced into his classroom this morning and could totally picture him sitting at his desk. As I saw his classmates entering the building knowing that they had no idea what had happened, I couldn't help but think that within the hour their entire lives would be changing. Gone would be that invincibility that kids often feel.

Please pray for this family.

(Sorry this is all over the place...not exactly something easy to write about.)

9 comments:

Louise said...

Oh Kelly, I'm so very sorry ... for his family, his school mates and for you. I wonder if my Syd & Perri knew him?

Kell said...

Louise, I'm fairly sure that Syd knew him. They were in the same grade, although not in the same class.

Sara said...

so very sorry. dear Jesus..

Margie said...

praying for you and for his family!

Deb said...

Kelly...I am so saddened to read this. And I'm praying for the family. My father was the recipient of a heart - donated by a very courageous family as they were suffering greatly with their grief. It's an awesome thing that Steven's family did....albeit the hardest thing they've ever gone through, I'm sure. ....praying...praying...and praying some more...

Amber Land said...

Praying and crying.

Addie said...

Kell, I'm just seeing this. So sorry to hear about this. Hope his family and classmates are getting thru this.

Lindsey said...

oh my goodness that is awful! So sorry to hear of this and I pray that his family and all close to him are dealing with the grief.

AmyInKy said...

I can't imagine. This just makes my heart ache.