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Family Donates Son's Organs to Carry on His Dream

Updated: 01/12/2014 11:04 PM
Created: 12/25/2013 6:06 PM KAALtv.com
By: Laura Lee

Cassidy is playing her eight year old brother Christian's favorite song.

A gift he shared with the whole family, and the last song he ever played.

"Every morning before I go to work I always go and check on my kids before I go," Pricilla Yang, Christian's mother, said. "I don't know what happened that morning.  I just didn't go and check on him, but every day I check him."

Christian died that morning unexpectedly from a brain aneurysm.

"The house is so quiet, I just miss him so much," Pricilla said.

"I miss him so much," Christian's grandmother said in Hmong.

She was the last person with him and saw him take his last breath.

"That name Christian, I was thinking maybe its God's plan," Pricilla said. "I don't know."

Christian's Hmong name is also symbolic.  Mor-Ying translates to "winner."

And at just 8 years old he won many hearts.

"People older than him always respect him and always follow him," his mom said.

"I told him what do you want to be when you grow up and he said dad, I want to be either a fireman or a police man," his dad Tony Yang said. "And you also get to help people too you know."

The only way his parents thought he could fulfill that dream was to donate his organs.  Essentially giving life to others so they can in turn have a chance to live their dreams.

"If I can give his organs to anybody else, any kid out there facing this challenge, and we can help that kid to reach their goals and their dreams,  it's the same thing as my son, he reached his goal," Tony said.

A decision uncommon to the Hmong culture, and a decision difficult for the Yang family to make.

"I know if I talk to them its going to be a struggle," Tony said.

Traditionally in the Hmong culture you're supposed to leave this life with everything you brought into it.  Meaning organ donations are extremely rare.

"You may not agree now, but time will tell," Tony said.

"Why not give, when you have the privilege of giving," Pricilla said.

In the end, Christian gave the greatest gift of all….life.

His parent's donated his heart valve, both his kidneys, his liver and pancreas.

"Truly he is still with us,  and he's still living within four people," Tony said. "This is what's carrying him on."

Living on in the toys untouched in the Yang's living room to their piano, everything he loved left just the way he left it.

"Through the love that you and I decided to give his organs,  that love will still live with us for many years to come," Tony said.

The kind of love from an 8-year-old boy who loved to play piano.

The Yangs hope to hear from one of the families who has received one of Christian's organs.  They also have a memorial fund in Christians name, if you'd like information you can click on this link.

A local Hmong family goes against traditions to honor the life of their 8-year old son.