Every Life Has a Story, May 2018
Nathan Eckhart (Mar 18, 1990 - Jul 06, 1995)
Nathan Eckhart was a very precocious five year old boy who loved life to its fullest. His beautiful brown eyes made everyone melt when they saw him. On a beautiful summer morning, July 6, 1995, Nathan was bound and determined to be able to "dunk"" a basketball. His brother, who is exactly two years older than him, already had mastered the art of dunking.
No one will ever fully know exactly what happened, but somehow Nathan became entangled in the net of the basketball hoop, which was a shorter version of a regular basketball hoop. His dad discovered him just a minute or two later, but unfortunately, it was already too late. Nathan was flown from his family home near Burr Oak, Iowa to Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The medical staff tried every procedure possible to save Nathan, but he was brain-dead. Minutes after his family was told that Nathan’s injuries were not survivable, he left this world.
Nathan was able to donate his corneas, but because he had lacked oxygen for so long, he was unable to donate any of his organs. However, his big beautiful eyes live on in someone, due to donation. On March 18th, 2018, Nathan would have been 28 years old.
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