Dozens of children receive life-saving organs from 1-year-old killed in Audubon Crash


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HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) – After the crash that occurred alongside the Audubon Parkway final Friday, Stephen Schaefer’s life was modified.

62-year-old Vickie Reutter was killed in that crash, and so was his spouse, 25-year-old Braelen Hicks-Schaefer.

His son, Weston, was severely injured.

“This child was the best factor that ever occurred to me,” Stephen mentioned. “Simply excellent. Lovely.”

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Weston was flown to Louisville for intensive care, however when Stephen arrived, the medical doctors had extra unhealthy information.

“It was such an unreal second that anyone’s sitting there telling me, ‘That is it…’” he mentioned. “His coronary heart saved beating, his lungs saved pumping. He was relentless.”

He says after some time, Weston grabbed his finger and responded to his contact.

“I believe Weston was variety sufficient to inform his Papa goodbye,” he mentioned. “Once they did all their exams and eventually declared him 100% mind lifeless, that little coronary heart was nonetheless beating.”

Stephen mentioned each his complete household and his spouse’s household gathered to say goodbye.

“They had been all standing in that room, watching that heartbeat, watching these lungs, and I knew,” he mentioned. “That is vital. That is what he was alleged to do, and that is why we’re all right here.”

Impressed by Weston’s energy, Stephen supplied his son’s physique for organ donation.

“The minute that it went by way of, they informed us that cellphone was going off,” he mentioned.

Tons of of calls got here in, all individuals looking forward to one thing that might save their youngsters’s lives. One thing Weston may present.

“My little child, my lovely child boy,” Stephen mentioned by way of tears. “He’s a hero, dude… He bought a medal, it’s the second-highest honor {that a} civilian can get. It’s a lovely medal. And so they needed to tell us, ‘Your son’s a hero.’”

Stephen was informed of a six-month-old boy who has by no means been in a position to eat.

“My little ham, my little consuming machine – [the boy] bought Weston’s tummy,” he mentioned.

He mentioned it’s permitting him to maneuver by way of grief.

“That six-month-old that’s going to get to get pleasure from these superior meals – we fed that tummy for 13 months,” Stephen mentioned. “They’re going to know that was Weston “Tank” Samuel Schaefer’s tummy in there as a result of he’s going to be craving rooster nuggets and coco puffs. They’re going to be grocery buying!”

Weston’s donations have already helped 37 youngsters.

Extra are on the way in which.

“We will smile, we will be proud,” Stephen mentioned. “We will be pleased.”

He and his pals are beginning an effort to unfold consciousness about the advantages of organ donation.

He’s calling it “Weston’s Warriors.”

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