AceShowbiz - The short life of Granger Smith's son River helped prolong the lives of two other people. The country music singer's wife Amber has revealed in an emotional Instagram post how they're sad and grateful at the same time that their late son saved two adults with his organ donations.
"When 3 different neuro specialists told us that River had 0% chance of brain recovery (yes 0, not 10 or 1%, 0) after shock and reality set in, I thought, how can we bury our sweet baby and not try to help others?" Amber wrote on the Saturday, July 6 post. "His body is perfect, his organs are perfect, we had to do something. There are so many people waiting for an organ to save their lives."
"The doctors said donation was quite a process," she went on sharing. "We knew River's spirit was in Heaven, but we couldn't bear to watch his tiny, earthly body be pumped full of all the medicines for 3 or more more days while they searched. They tried to expedite the process so our family could be in peace."
Amber spent the night before the operation with her son, "crying and talking to him while they kept running tests and taking blood." She continued, "The next morning family and staff lined the hall for the 'walk of honor'. We told them River liked to go fast, so to honor him, they pushed him down that hall faster than they had ever pushed anyone. Granger and I held each other and cried."
When Amber and Granger learned that their "tiny, red-headed hero gave life to 2 adults. A 49 year old woman and a 53 year old man," she "cried out of sadness & cried out of love." She added, "I'm so proud to be River's mama and I'm so grateful to God that he gave him to us for those incredible 3 years."
Granger announced on June 6 that his 3-year-old son River died after he accidentally drowned at the family's home in Georgetown. He revealed in a YouTube video posted on June 19 that he was playing with his daughter in the yard at the time of the drowning and, minutes later, found himself performing CPR on his son.
The family announced in a written statement in June that they had decided to donate the boy's organs to give others "a second chance at life." The couple has also donated more than $200,000 to Dell Children's Medical Center in Texas, where River received care before he died two days later.