(WLNS) — Chivon Kloepfer is here for you now, with the story of a family who recently decided to give the gift of life.
On the evening of March 9, Ryan Lahaie, his wife Dana, and their three and a half-year-old son, Reed, were driving down westbound I-96 in Clinton County. It would be the last evening Ryan would see his family alive.
Police say a drunk driver left the eastbound lanes, and hit them head-on. When Ryan came to, it was a little too quiet.
The last thing he overheard from a first responder before he passed out, was that his wife was likely dead.
Both Ryan and Reed were rushed to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan. Ryan was badly injured and put into a medically-induced coma. Reed was on life-support, but showed no signs of brain activity.
But little Reed could help others make it, and give them the gift of life by donating his organs and tissue.
With Ryan in a coma, it was up to Reed’s grandparents.
First, Reed was taken to his Dad’s room, the last time this father and son would be next to one another.
Then, slowly wheeled to the operating room to save lives, as hospital staff gathered for Reed’s “Honor Walk.”
Because little Reed’s grandparents made the decision they made, a 70-year-old woman, a 40-year-old man, and a one-year-old baby girl are alive today.
Reed donated both kidneys, his liver, three heart valves, and tissue. In the future, he could help save two other children as well. About a week later, Ryan was out of his coma and soon learned his nightmare wasn’t over, that his wife and son were both gone.
But the boy who was the best part of both of them, the curious, happy boy with tons of personality and dimples that could melt anyone, is alive in others now.
Watch the full story in the video above.