Family Donates Teen's Organs to Help Others Live

NIXA, Mo. -- A mother's decision to donate her son's organs after his tragic death has given eight other people a new beginning.

Andee Coble is a mom trying to deal with a horrible loss.  Just over two weeks ago her son, Gage, died and she knows it's a pain that will last a lifetime.  Still, some comfort can be found when she consider's her son's final gift.

Coble says Gage was loved by many. The 15-year-old loved art and had a passion for political science. And was a part of the Nixa Marching Band.

"He really didn't like the focus on him, he wanted to do work that nobody knew about just kind of behind the scenes that was just him, he was a really giving kid," explains Coble.

Losing a child is every mother's greatest fear. It's a loss Coble struggles with each day.

"They're are a lot of unanswered questions and it's hard you can go to that place where you really want to ask why, and why me, and why us?"

And another question: What now? Coble took a step that would help other families.

"We've just always felt that sorrow can turn to joy and we knew Gage would want his organs to be donated to save other lives."

She has since learned that her son's organs saved the lives of eight people. The recipients range in age from one to 66 years old.  "Just the thought of other lives getting to go on and live a healthy, hopefully happy life."

His kidneys,liver, lungs and heart were all donated. "Just to know these people are literally are going to be apart of our lives forever. "

Gage's gift is giving Eric Parr a new purpose in life.

Parr received Gage's kidney and tells KOLR10, "that's the most selfless most amazing unbelievable thing anybody has ever done for me."

Eric has been on dialysis for the last three years as he waited for a new kidney

"You can't put a price, you can't begin to understand."

Eric learned about Gage's passing through his fiance's friendship with Gage's mom. It's a relationship that he is thankful for.

"Things don't really matter. It's people that matter and relationships matter,those relationships can really be between life and death."

Parr didn't know Gage, but will have a deeper connection after receiving his kidney.

"Part of him is allowing me to live my life and I owe it to his family to really make it the best life I can."

"It's just meaningful to have that focus and that just his love can just reach out and can go through somebody else's life," says Coble.

Parr is still in Iowa where he's still recovering from surgery. He is expected to be back home in the coming weeks.

Nixa Band Boosters have set up a Go Fund Me Page in honor of Gage.Click here if you wish to donate.


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