There are many decisions we need to make in life and some are more important than others. One of those decisions is whether we will check the box and say that we will donate our organs when we die. It’s a personal decision but for Michael ‘Mikie’ Sigler of Las Vegas, Nevada, the decision was ‘yes’.
When he was only 18 years old, he was put on life support after a motorcycle accident. It was only days before his high school graduation. The hospital staff honored him before he gave his life so that others could benefit from his organ donation.
The video out of Las Vegas shows an emotional moment as hospital staff line the halls to form an honor guard for Sigler as he was wheeled to his final surgery.
(Warning: The video may be difficult for some to watch as it also shows loved ones saying their final goodbyes)
The Review Journal reported that his organ donation was used to save up to 9 people because of his B blood type.
Courtney Kaplain, Sigler’s mother has said she forgives the driver of the car that was also involved in the accident. The driver of the vehicle was a fellow high school student. She said: “Sitting in a place of anger and hate would only make this tragedy worse.”
Sigler’s diploma was accepted on his behalf by his brother at the graduation ceremony. Charles Sigler, the boy’s father told a local news station that the selfless decision of his son to be an organ donor would inspire others who are in need. He said: “If I’m able to get one person to give the same gift as Michael, then, you know, mission accomplished.”