16-year-old shot by mother dies but her organs save 8 people
Five days after being fatally shot in the head by her mother, Kloee Toliver passed away. However, she saved eight other lives by donating her organs.
On November 1, Kloee’s mother, Amy Leann Hall, shot Kayson Toliver, her 18-year-old son in the head while he was sleeping.
Then, she entered Kloee’s room and did the same to her.
Authorities confirmed that Hall also fired her gun to her 14-year-old daughter, who was sleeping in the same room as Kloee, but the bullet only grazed her neck and head.
The girl, who remains unidentified, ran to the bathroom and hid there while talking down her mother. She convinced Hall to turn down her weapon, and after realizing what she had done, the 38-year-old woman fled from her house.
Police arrested her after a four-mile high-pursuit in Oklahoma, about 35 miles outside of Tulsa.
KLOEE’S MEMORY WILL LIVE IN OTHER PEOPLE
Kayson was declared dead at the scene, while Kloee and her sister were taken to the hospital. Khloe was declared brain dead a few days later and remained on life support so that her organs could be donated to other patients.
“With the donation of those organs there’s still hope, there’s still life in that community, and there are people who were affected and actually able to benefit from those organs,” child and family therapist Ebony Skillens told KTUL.
She passed away on November 6 and saved eight lives with her organs.
TWO MURDER CHARGES
Amy Leann Hall was initially charged with first-degree murder and two counts of shooting with intent, but after Kloee’s dead, her charges were modified to include another count of first-degree murder.
According to FOX News, authorities set a bond of $500,000 each for the shooting charges. No bond has been set for the murder charge.
Hall initially told police officers that she didn’t know why she shot her kids, but later changed her story to say she was protecting them from their abusive father. She also added that she intended to kill herself.
According to reports, Hall and her estranged husband have been fighting for the custody of the kids for the past two years. She filed an emergency order in October asking for the sole custody of the kids.
The father of the kids had stated in 2016 that Hall was mentally unstable and the kids were at risk of being abused psychologically.
COUNSELING FOR THE TEENS' FRIENDS
The three teenagers who were victims of the shooting attended Beggs High School. School officials assigned guard counselors to help the students.
The funeral for Kayson and Kloee Toliver just wrapped up in Beggs. School is closed today to allow students to attend the service. https://t.co/RMX0Srqih0— Cori Duke (@CoriDuke_KJRH) November 13, 2018
The high school students were summoned for an assembly where they were told about their classmates. Kayson Toliver was a star athlete and an honor student; he was on the high school football team.
The school was closed on Tuesday, November 13 for the children's funeral services.
ANOTHER TEENAGER SAVES LIVES WITH HIS ORGANS
Last July, another boy who suffered brain death donated his organs to help five other children. The 12-year-old Mexican boy suffered head trauma and brain death. However, his family agreed on granting five of his organs to save the lives of other patients.
Before performing he surgeries to remove his organs, doctors at the Regional Hospital of Queretaro read an emotional text to thank the boy for his heroism.
“The day will come when my body rests on a sheet. A doctor will determine that my brain has stopped working and then all the attempts and purposes will be in vain because my life will be over,” started the text.
“When this happens, do not try to place artificial life in my body with the use of machines and do not call this my 'deathbed'; Call it better 'my bed of life' and allow my body to help others in their attempt to continue living.”
Conmovedor momento en que médicos de @Tu_IMSS leen este pensamiento antes de detener el flujo sanguíneo de un niño con muerte cerebral y comenzar a procurar sus órganos. Si lo ves, también guarda un minuto de silencio. 🙏— IMSS (@Tu_IMSS) July 24, 2018
>> https://t.co/52kfZHbsHz pic.twitter.com/EMCU2Qs1Ei
After finishing reading, the doctors kept a minute of silence in honor of the boy and encouraged everyone who watches the video to do the same.
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