Though Brittany Jeffers lost her own life, she has the potential to save eight others as an organ donor.
Brittany Jeffers, 21, was declared dead early Thursday after she was beaten in a Circleville neighborhood.
The young woman’s mother, Emily Harvey, said she currently is being kept on life support so her organs can help others.
Jeffers’ aunt, Melody Hill, said as an organ donor, Brittany leaves the world the gift of her life.
“There are two recipients waiting for her organs, right now they're looking for a heart,” Hill said.
Her heart will be given to someone on the national waiting list.
According to Lifeline Of Ohio, every 48 hours, an Ohioan dies waiting for an organ.
Nationwide, more than 17,000 people are waiting for an organ – 3,400 in Ohio and 790 in central Ohio.
“In many cases these individuals are in the hospital, and close to dying because of the in stage organ failure,” said Kent Holloway of Lifeline.
Jeffers’ organs will be recovered at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, where she was pronounced brain dead.
Her organs could save eight lives and benefit up to 50 others.
Cornea donation to restore sight, donation to restore the use of a limb, tendons to restore the ability to walk or run would all be possible with Jeffers’ tissue donation, Holloway said.
Jeffers’ aunt said this is what she would have wanted,
“Brittany wanted to help people,” Hill said.
Individuals can sign up to be donors on the Ohio Donor Registry at www.lifelineofohio.org.
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