Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Chardon High School victim Demetrius Hewlin donated organs by choice

This was indeed a very sad day for an Ohio high school and for the victims, families, friends and students. Words cannot express the grief and shock but if there's anything positive to come out of this it's the Gift of Life that Demetrius Hewlin passed on to others who are waiting for a transplant.

By Stan Donaldson, The Plain Dealer
CHARDON, Ohio -- Students who knew Demetrius Hewlin have recalled how the teen often worked out in the Chardon High School gym and liked to build up his body.
But others will remember 16-year-old bodybuilder, one of three students fatally wounded in shootings Monday at the high school, for the hope his harvested organs will give to people in need of them.
The families of Demetrius and fellow student, Russell King, made the donations Tuesday through Lifebanc, a Northeast Ohio agency that matches organs, eyes and tissue with patients awaiting transplants.
Shooting victim Demetrius Hewlin. WKYC Channel 3
Demetrius, who had a driver's license, was an organ donor by choice, said Lifebanc spokeswoman Haddie Bartholomew. But because he was under 18, his family had the final say.
She said one organ donor can save up to eight lives and can enhance the lives of 50 people through tissue donations.
“We feel privileged to honor the wishes of both Demetrius Hewlin and his family to give the gift of life during this most tragic time,” Lifebanc Chief Executive Gorden Bowen said in a statement.
Chardon Police Chief Tim McKenna said Demetrius died at MetroHealth Medical Center at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. McKenna did not specify where the teen was shot.
Trees in Demetrius’ neighborhood were lined with red ribbons and flowers. He lived in a white, multi-level house near the school. The family issued a statement after his death asking that everyone respect their privacy
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