Hero teen who died while saving family from fire also helping through organ donation

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A heroic teenager from New Mexico, who died saving his family from a house fire, is still helping save lives.

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Xaven Garcia, 17, died last week in Albuquerque, after first getting his family out of the burning house, according to reports.

Phil Garcia told the Albuquerque Journal : “I was kind of in a daze, I couldn’t really wake up. So, he literally grabbed me and started pulling me out of the house.”

Xaven Garcia ran back inside the house, thinking his sister was still inside and succumbed to the smoke.

“They think that he died pretty much instantly because the black soot filled his lungs and killed him instantly,” Phil said. “There were no signs of him struggling or suffering in any way, shape or form.”

Garcia was kept alive on life support until he died. His organs will now be used to potentially keep up to eight people alive.

“I believe his heart went to Colorado, his liver went to another 17-year-old boy in New York state,” Phil Garcia told KOB.

A GoFundMe has been set up for Garcia’s family.


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