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Donated organs present seven gifts for others

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This is an interview Sue, Timothy, and Tyler Bagnall want to do, but can't believe they're in a position to do it.  Mother Sue Bagnall explains, "He went to school that day, came home, got ready to pick up Tyler from the airport.  He was fine, we picked Tyler up and came home.  Actually, we stopped for dinner, and at dinner he told me he had a headache."

"He" is sixteen-year-old Brandon, with the beautiful blue eyes.  I point that out, because it is a very touching part of this inspirational story.

Mom says, "I gave him a couple of Advil, and I told him, 'You'll be OK buddy.  We're going to go home and you can lay down and rest.'"

But Brandon was not okay.  Within minutes he was on the floor of the family's bathroom, gasping for air.  What they didn't know was that a brain aneurysm had ruptured in their bright, beautiful boy.

His big brother Tyler says, "I didn't know what to do at that point."  Sue says, as she shakes her head from side to side, "When it's your child...uh" she has trouble completing her statement.

Brandon was transported to the hospital, but by the following morning, doctors said he was brain dead.  This is the moment where those beautiful blue eyes, and this family's beautiful collective heart shine bright.

Dad Timothy says, "One of the first conversations Sue and I had was, 'Do we donate his organs?'  And we both decided, absolutely, that is what he would want.  All he ever did was give of himself to everyone, never expecting anything back for himself.  He just gave and gave and gave."

Seven major organs, seven different families given a second chance at life.  But even this family had a limit. 

Timothy says, "We couldn't.  I, both of us, felt we didn't want to let them take his eyes.  That may be selfish of us, but those are some beautiful blue eyes."

Beautiful blue eyes, a beautiful life, and now seven other beautiful lives.

FOX 35's Tracy Jacim asks, "Do you want to meet the people?"  Both parents answer, "Yes, I do."  Jacim asks, "And how will that be?"  Sue answers, "Amazing.  I"ll have to touch them. I'll have to touch on them, because my boy's in there."

Brandon will be laid to rest Saturday, but the family is hoping his generous spirit lingers in your heart.

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