‘Such a hero’: 2-year-old who died after falling into hot tub will be able to save at least 6 others through organ donation

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KILGORE, Texas (KETK) – The East Texas 2-year-old who was fighting for his life after a swimming accident at a Kilgore Hotel has passed away, but will be able to save several lives through organ donation.

Luke Wayne Killough died Friday, April 30 due to brain trauma. Because his blood type is a universal donor, he will be able to save six or more children.

His father says that the organs that were donated were Luke’s heart, liver, kidneys and spleen.

“All of that set our mind at ease,” Luke’s father, Scott said. “That this little boy is such a hero.”

Scott said that he hopes to one day meet the people his son helped. Until then, he can write letters to the organ receivers.

“Because of his sacrifice, 6+ more children could be saved bringing light into their families darkest days, which is what my baby boy does,” Chris Helms, the organizer of the GoFundMe, wrote.

Helms said that the donations will be applied to Luke’s memorial and his memory and any of the excess funds will be used for services to help his older sister Tabitha and baby brother Gabriel to adjust to the loss of their brother.

“He’s just so amazing and so special,” Scott said. “He was always in his own little world, he always had something going on, and him and his sister are definitely partners in crime.”

Luke was about to go swimming with his 4-year-old sister Tabitha on Sunday, April 25 at the Kilgore Holiday Inn and Suites when he fell into the hot tub.

Tabitha tried to save him, but was unable to. She ran and got her father, Scott Killough, who was nearby making a bottle for their baby. Dominique said that Tabitha told her father that her “boogie”, a nickname for her brother, was floating face-down in the hot tub.

According to the mother, Dominique, Scott raced over, pulled Luke from the water and helped Luke throw up a banana nut muffin that had become stuck in his throat.

“A lot of people are praying. Stranger things have happened, and miracles are true and God is real.”

Scott Killough

Luke was then life-flighted to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. He was on a ventilator on the lowest setting, as doctors are trying to let him breathe on his own.

Luke’s uncle, Helms set up a GoFundMe for Luke’s medical expenses, and you can donate to it by clicking the button below.

The fundraiser has a goal of $50,000 and was created Monday afternoon.

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