Fallen Plano firefighter's organ donations go on to help more than 70




Posted on April 22, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 10:40 AM

FORT WORTH -- An emotional meeting in a garden at Texas Health Fort Worth Hospital is, as a sign there says, "A time to weep and a time to laugh."

A year ago, 24-year-old Brody Fleming, a Plano Firefighter, sufferred a sudden and unexplained stroke.

Five days later, his parents decided their hero son would want to continue saving lives. They chose to donate his organs, eyes, skin, and bones.

"When you pull the plug, that's it," said Brody's father, Jim Fleming, through tears, "and you never get to say the things you want to say, that you never got to say. It's tough."

Embracing two young recipients of his sons organs makes that tough choice worth it. Amber Imes, 26, and Brandon Pritchard, 18, recieved Brody's kidneys.

Brody's mother didn't want to let this boy go.

"She asked me if I could be her third son," said Brandon Pritchard, hugging Brody's mother, Joy.

Brody never had the chance to get married or have a child of his own.

He has both now, through Amber.

"He's still here with us," said Amber Imes, holding her two-year-old daughter, "and a little bit of me, with my daughter and my family."

They are just two.

Brody's organs saved more than 70 lives and gave his parents the chance to see their son accomplish everything he wanted, muliplied by many.

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