UNION CITY, Ind. (WISH) - The family mourning the loss of 8-year-old Dylan Williams said they donated his organs.
A spokesman for the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization said Dylan's liver, heart valve and both kidneys were harvested.
Sam Davis of IOPO said it's a courageous decision that will help others live.
"Through their own grief, they were thinking of others," he said. "No matter how many times the folks I work with go through this, we are amazed at that process of how giving and generous Hoosiers are."
The family said they would like to one day meet the donor recipients and learn how much of an impact Dylan had on their lives. Davis said that can and does happen, but the process moves slowly so all are prepared if and when it happens.
The all-star died after what doctors say was an extremely rare accident on the baseball field. The accident happened Tuesday in Union City. Dylan was playing first base during practice when a ball thrown to him hit him in the neck, and he fell to the ground.
Dylan's dad said, by the time he got to the hospital, oxygen was not reaching his brain, and Dylan was brain dead. He was taken off life support the next day.
Dr. Michael Kaufmann, a critical care doctor at St. Vincent Hospital, said prevention, like chest guards, is best to protect against rare injuries. Dr. Kaufmann didn't treat Dylan, but he said, in this case, because of where Dylan was hit, chest guards wouldn't have helped.
"In an accidental injury like this, there's probably very likely nothing that could have been done to prevent that from happening," Dr. Kaufmann said. "Even the chest protectors have never really been shown to prevent this very rare condition from occurring."
Dylan's team is scheduled to play in an all-star tournament Saturday. The status of those games is unclear.
In 2007, a minor league coach died from a similar injury. Mike Coolbaugh, a hitting coach for the Tulsa Drillers, was hit in the neck by a line drive as he was standing in the first-base coaching box.
After that, Major League Baseball ruled that base coaches had to wear helmets.
To become a donor, check the "yes" box the next time you renew your drivers license or go to donatelifeindiana.org .
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