Michael Chadbourne’s family chooses organ donation

Michael Chadbourne

FRANKLIN, Ind. (WISH) – Michael Chadbourne, who died early Wednesday morning after trying to save his friend in the Big Blue River, will get to help the lives of others awaiting organ donations.

24-Hour News 8 learned that Chadbourne was able to donate eight organs. Eight is the most solid organs — besides tissues — anyone can donate.

A 14-year-old boy in Iowa received his heart, an Indiana woman in her 50’s received his lungs, a man in his 50’s in Indiana received his liver pancreas and intestine and they’re currently waiting for info on his kidneys.

The Indiana Organ Procurement Organization said Wednesday registrations for donations have gone up, after this tragedy and other in Indianapolis.

24-Hour News 8 spoke with Lance Lewis who received lungs from IMPD officer David Moore about what it means to be one of those recipients.

“As recipients, all we can really say is thank you. Because of them, continue our lives, see our children grow, our grand kids grow.”

Sarah Mclevish is in critical condition at the hospital. Her mother has been posting updates on Facebook rooting for her.

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