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04:43 AM on 07/10/2012
This breaks my heart...I'm a mom, and I can't even imagine losing my 11 year old like this...I am so sad for his parents, stepparents, siblings, friends. The poor girl who was injured too...very, very sad.
03:21 AM on 07/10/2012
And guess what? His healthy young body, if allowed to be harvested for organs, will be worth millions to the medical donor system. If the family hasn't already signed off on organ donation, I'd wager they're being aggressively courted.
06:31 AM on 07/10/2012
I bet they are. It would be a great way to honor such a tragic event. It would be so painful to have to think about because of the circumstances
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09:01 AM on 07/10/2012
What do you mean by "worth millions"? It is illegal to sell OR buy organs. His organs would be invaluable to potential recipients, but when you say "millions" it makes me think of organs for profit -- which is strictly forbidden.
01:23 PM on 07/10/2012
probably the amount of money the hospitals and the teams of doctors/ nurses etc.. will make performing those transplants...it will be in the millions.
12:32 AM on 07/10/2012
So very sad.

Kind of makes their divorce and all the other stuff they have been fighting about seem rather petty.
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PowerPridePinstripes
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12:18 PM on 07/10/2012
Well said -- life is so short -- this is just absolutely tragic!
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filmfreak1982
03:50 PM on 07/11/2012
Well said too, PPP. Most people act as though they have a lot of time on Earth and end up wasting it. It is the quality of life that matters, not the quantity.
12:31 AM on 07/10/2012
As a physician, and a mother, we usually wait 24 hours, to see if anything will change, which has never happened, but moreso, to give the parents an opportunity to accept the inevitable demise! I pray for the peace of his parents, for their life will never be the same. I saw the love he had for this baby, and my heart bleeds for him!
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PrincessPinkPony
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01:06 AM on 07/10/2012
Yeah, some places even do 72 hours with neurologists assessing for brain stem response daily. The immediate announcement was premature, in my opinion.

My condolences to the family during this difficult time.
03:40 AM on 07/10/2012
there is no need to assess for brain stem response if they have no brain functioning to begin with. This is not a vegetative state where there is brain stem function.This is brain death which is the absence of flow to the brain. Nothing will change this.
04:33 AM on 07/10/2012
As a physician then you should know that 24 hours is not going to change brain death. People get unreasonable hope from comments like this when brain death is permanent.Like you said it does help the family come to terms with the outcome but it also can give them false hope too.
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PrincessPinkPony
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11:34 AM on 07/10/2012
It also does nothing for physician-patient family relationship if they feel like you're rushing their child to his death. It would be a disservice to keep the child on life support indefinitely, but a few days isn't hurting anything. Especially if the family is deciding on whether or not to be organ donors. Time is arbitrary when assessing brain death, but we don't know all the other factors involved in this case. Like whether or not he got sedating medications.
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M Jeana Matney
12:17 AM on 07/10/2012
Please take him off life support for that is not living!
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madmartagen
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06:27 AM on 07/10/2012
My nephew was brain dead at 21, was injured in a ski accident. My sister left him on life support only until the family could get to the hospital and say good-bye to him. I think it also gave her time to sit by his side, and say good-bye. I don't think any parent would be in a hurry to accept the things they can't change...there has to be a phase where they are in denial. They probably have the same intentions.

The hardest thing to deal with was...when they came in and shut off the loud machines, one at a time. Suddenly left in a quiet room...still brings tears to my eyes.

I am so heartbroken for what this family (and other families faced with this decision) has to go through, and will go through in the years to come.
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M Jeana Matney
11:50 AM on 07/10/2012
Oh Madmartagen I agree with you the family needs to come in and say goodbye. Then take him off the lifesupport.
12:12 AM on 07/10/2012
So tragic. My sympathy for his family.
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ohslimgoody
Nothing new under the sun.
10:51 PM on 07/09/2012
Tears when I read this, I would not want anyone to have to go through something like this, again I shal l keep this angel in my prayers and pray that the good Lord give his family the comfort and strength they are going to need at this time.. Pray for a mircle eveyone they still do happen.
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ohslimgoody
Nothing new under the sun.
10:46 PM on 07/09/2012
I will keep him in my prayers.
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Malaika Angel
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09:54 PM on 07/09/2012
Ah! I cried when I heard about this yesterday. I can only imagine the pain Tameka, Ryan, Usher (even though Kyle was not his biological child) and family/friends are experiencing during this time. I went through this with my mom, that was hard enough, but a child who hasn't even reached his teen years! Poor baby. It is the most difficult thing to go though.

My heartfelt prayers go out for this child and the 15 year old girl also injured.
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RoughCollie
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09:52 PM on 07/09/2012
OMG..this is so horrible, that poor, poor family, my heart goes out to them, this is so devastating. I hope some traffic laws are finally created to keep these deadly machines away from people swimming in the water.
09:48 PM on 07/09/2012
How sad, that poor kid.
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hauthands
09:13 PM on 07/09/2012
So very sad!!! Praying for the best outcome ever for this child!
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filmfreak1982
03:53 PM on 07/11/2012
The best outcome is to take Kyle off of life support and let God take him home. Then his organs should be harvested to be used to save the lives of others.
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artfuldodger10
Reversing right wing engineering
07:50 PM on 07/09/2012
Jet ski's have caused all kinds of grief here in Oregon, we now have to get operators permits for watercraft thanks to jet ski enthusiast's lack of skill sufficient to operate their toy's properly. They really seem to be popular with the irresponsible "look at me crowd" .
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Malaika Angel
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09:55 PM on 07/09/2012
Hello fellow Oregonian *waving*. Yeah, I heard about these accidents all the time. Every year, so many people drown on the Sandy river.

This is so sad.
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artfuldodger10
Reversing right wing engineering
10:21 PM on 07/09/2012
Hello from Eastern Oregon!
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redisfaster
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07:33 PM on 07/09/2012
I feel this deep in my gut. I can't imagine getting this kind of news, it's my worst nightmare for my kid
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kathismom
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06:29 PM on 07/09/2012
He can live on in the children who get his heart, lungs, etc.
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pthesmith
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01:43 AM on 07/10/2012
I saw some people wearing a t-shirt that had a photograph of their loved one on the front, and on the back, listed the organs their loved one donated to save other people's lives. Your comment made me think of it.
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filmfreak1982
03:54 PM on 07/11/2012
That's the best thing to come of a tragic situation like this. Kyle's death could mean the gift of life for someone else. Out of every bad comes a good.