The worst thing any parent can imagine is the death of a child. For one Texoma family the past month has been a time of grief and the beginning of a slow healing process many feel will never really end. Sunday at a benefit for the Macias family, we spoke family members who like many others have helped to turn a loss into life.
For Les Macias the last month has been tough. "Hard. Everyday. I saw my kid everyday, and now I ain't seen him in about a month. I'll see him again though," said Les Macias. On July 5th 11-year old Jared Macias was injured when a driver in a pickup truck hit the horse Jared was riding. The driver said he swerved to miss a dog in the road. Jared, and another little girl who was also on the horse, were rushed to the hospital. He was declared brain dead at United Regional. The Macias family was asked about organ donation. For Les, it was a tough decision. "At first I was against it. The thought of somebody cutting on your kid, but where he's at now you know? He's living larger right now and at least I could help somebody out. Somebody got to go home and see their kids and prolong their life," Les said. The donation of Jared's organs saved four lives. Those four people are now recovering from their transplants. Jared's sister is a nurse at United Regional. She said the family may not have chosen that route had she not gone through a class about organ donation as part of her job. "Never did I even think twice that this would ever come up with my life," said Jessica Mohan, Jared's sister. "With my family I was definitely the strong one to say this is definitely what we need to do. This is going to help in the long run in the healing process in the grieving process, and it really helped push for my family to feel like they really made the right decision." For a grieving father, Les wanted to pass on one simple message to all. "It saves peoples lives. We don't need em no more," said Les. "You go to heaven you don't need your organs. I didn't think of it then but now it's different." There are more than 115,000 patients in the United States awaiting transplants, 11,000 of those are Texans. If you would like more information on how to become an organ donor in Texas click here. If you would like more information on organ donation click here for the National Organ Donation Registry.