Brett Duane Holbrook, Donor
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Brett was always helping the underdog...
Brett, 17 years old, along with two of his friends, was on the way back to his friend’s townhouse after watching a movie, when the three of them were approached by two other boys. After the two groups went their separate ways, the two boys circled back around the townhome complex to meet up with their gang member friends. That group of boys (about 16-18 of them between the ages of 8-16) encircled Brett and his friends to rob and beat them. Suddenly, shots rang out (19 in all) and everyone ran. Brett jumped over a small bush at the same time as one of the shooters shot toward him. Instead of going over Brett’s head, the bullet entered just under his right ear and exited just over his left eye. Brett was transported to the hospital where he was on mechanical support for two days. Once the family understood that Brett would never survive, the Donor Network made arrangements for Brett’s donations. Since the cause of death was a homicide, some organs were considered evidence, meaning not all of the organs could be donated. Even though we were not allowed to donate all we wanted to, Brett was still able to help up to 70 people. These included two men in Brazil that are now able to see due to receiving Brett’s corneas as well as a local police officer, severely burned in an auto accident, that received Brett’s skin about six months later. Brett was always helping the “underdog” and continued to do so in death.
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