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Victoria teen able to save five lives with organ donations

By ErinPradia
Feb. 24, 2012 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 23, 2012 at 8:24 p.m.

Family members of Matthew Spann participate in a flag raising ceremony outside Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital honoring the teen for  donating his organs when he died Wednesday.

Family and friends of Matthew Spann participated in a ceremony at Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital honoring him for donating his organs to help five others.

"We gathered to raise this flag in honor of Matthew Spann. The Wednesday ceremony came in the midst of great loss and grief," said Katy Kiser, communications specialist at Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi.

Matthew, 14, was shot in the head Monday during a hunting incident. The Victoria County Sheriff's Office, which is conducting the investigation, initially said the shooting was an accident, but has not issued a formal ruling.

"Matthew filled a place in the lives of those around him that can not be replaced. We know that this grief and loss will not end soon. Yet in the midst of this tragic loss, the family made a difficult and loving decision to share his life with many," she said.

Christus Spohn Health System, Southwest Transplant Alliance and others gathered Wednesday morning to support the family and thank them for the donations, Kaiser said.

Matthew, a student at Howell Middle School, was able to save the lives of five people, she said.



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