Illinois Boy with the 'Most Infectious Laugh' Drowns, Gives Others the Gift of Life through Organ Donation

Ayesha Muhammad
Aug 12, 2022
10:40 A.M.

A family's whole world turned upside down when they received the heart-shattering news of their sweet boy not surviving an unfortunate accident. However, their little angel was able to share the gift of life with others, continuing in the spirit of his loving and helpful nature.


Losing a loved one changes people most unexpectedly. No matter how much time passes, some wounds might never heal, and the accompanying pain and trauma can continue to sting like a bee.

Often, when we lose someone, bouncing back from the dilemma and living with the gaping hole they've left behind isn't an easy feat. But some people are able to repurpose their pain and draw strength from it. Today's story is about a family who managed to stay strong in the face of tragedy.



On Saturday, August 6, 2022, a little boy was said to have been involved in a tragic accident near Richmond, Illinois. The kid, identified as four-year-old Grayson Vingan of Johnsburg, reportedly drowned in a pool but was rescued soon after.

She described Grayson as a talkative child who loved joking around and making people smile.

Grayson was initially found to be unresponsive, after which the bystanders began performing CPR. The Richmond Township Fire Protection District and McHenry County Sheriff's Office answered a call for drowning at around 7:40 p.m. on August 6.



A Mercyhealth emergency field vehicle, known as MD-1, arrived at the scene to help the little boy. A team of trained physicians was said to have assisted the paramedics in stabilizing the toddler before he was taken to the hospital.

According to Richmond Township Fire Protection District Fire Marshall Scott Peterson, little Grayson was successfully resuscitated and taken to the Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry.



The boy was then transferred to Advocate Children's Hospital in Parkridge by a medical aircraft. Grayson's condition reportedly remained critical, and he passed away on the afternoon of August 8.

Megan Mills created a GoFundMe fundraiser for the little angel on behalf of his father, George Vingan. As of August 12, over $57,000 have been raised, surpassing the target amount of $25,000.


In an emotional post on the fundraiser's page, Mills shared that the Vingan family received the "worst news imaginable" -- that their son was brain dead -- on the morning of August 8.


She described Grayson as a talkative child who loved joking around and making people smile. Mills further wrote:

"[Grayson] had the most infectious laugh you ever heard and he always made the people around him smile and laugh too."


Per the GoFundMe post, the Illinois boy loved dinosaurs, playing outside, and hanging around his brothers. His family shared that their little son's cheerfulness and happy demeanor would forever stay alive in their hearts.


The Vingan family said they had set up the fundraiser to help cover the medical bills and meet their angel's funeral expenses. To anyone who couldn't support them financially, they urged them to keep Grayson in their thoughts and prayers.


Moreover, the Vingans also requested everyone to give them privacy in their difficult time. After remembering their little son and paying a heartfelt tribute to him, Grayson's family also shared another piece of news. A part of the post read:


"[Grayson] was the biggest helper and because of this, his family has decided to donate his organs so he can continue to help others like he loved doing."

According to a Facebook post shared by Shannon Mills, a flag-raising ceremony was held on August 10 in honor of little Grayson donating his organs. The occasion was hosted by Gift of Life, and the Vingan family warmly welcomed all the well-wishers.


Several netizens left encouraging and supportive messages for the Vingan family on Facebook in their time of pain and sorrow:


"My heart is breaking for you all. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll be thinking of your whole family. Please send my condolences."

— (@haley.perz) August 10, 2022

"Sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to you and your family!"

— (@KingFella) August 10, 2022

"I am [so] heartbroken for your family.. Keeping your family in my prayers."

— (@kataryna.altobelli) August 9, 2022

We send our deepest condolences, sincerest prayers, and heartfelt wishes to the Vingan family as they try to cope with the irreparable loss of their beloved boy.

Rest in eternal peace, little Grayson. We are sure you'll continue to watch over your loved ones from the heavens.

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