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Woman Who Died After Nightclub Beating Saves Lives Through Organ Donation
CBSLA.com) ^ | April 25, 2014 10:54 PM

Posted on 04/26/2014 5:28:42 AM PDT by BenLurkin

A 23-year-old Westminster woman who died after being beaten outside a Santa Ana nightclub earlier this year has saved the lives of countless others because of her desire to be an organ donor.

Kim Pham was violently attacked outside The Crosby on Jan. 18. Days later, she died of complications from blunt force trauma to the head.

“After two doctors announced that she was dead, we didn’t want to let go,” Pham’s sister, Katie Nguyen, said.

When tests confirmed there was no brain activity, however, the Pham family began preparing. Not for a funeral, but to ensure that Pham’s last wish was executed.

“I remember being by her bedside at the hospital that day. I asked God for a miracle. For her to wake up, you know? That didn’t happen, but I feel like God gave me an even greater miracle to save so much life,” Nguyen said.

Pham’s father, James, said his youngest daughter never talked to him about her desire to donate her organs.

“When I knew it, it made me feel better. Before that, I was very, very sad,” he said.

Five Southern Californians, three females and two males, are alive because of what Pham donated, which included her lung, her kidney, her heart and her pancreas.

At least 50 others will benefit from Pham’s tissue donation.

To celebrate Pham’s gifts, the family has formed a team of nearly 90-strong to walk together in the annual Donate Life event Saturday at Cal State Fullerton.

Following in her sister’s footsteps, Nguyen has now registered to be an organ donor.

While James Pham admits many like him are fearful about donating, he will become a donor, too.

“I remember the day that they actually pulled her bed down to the operation room, like when everything was done and over, we were leaving the hospital. I felt this sense of lightness and peace inside. I feel like I can finally take the burden off my shoulder,” Nguyen said.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: brito; pham; zavala

1 posted on 04/26/2014 5:28:42 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
Trial to begin May 5 in Santa Ana nightclub beating death
2 posted on 04/26/2014 5:49:22 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei

So sad.. she was so beautiful! I hope she gets justice.


3 posted on 04/26/2014 5:51:16 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: BenLurkin

Hmmmm! What’s next? Gangs of thugs killing poor unsuspecting souls, so their organs can be “harvested” and transplanted? At $50K and up for the surgeons who do each transplant, I hasten to add.

Could turn into a lucrative endeavor. The thugs get recreational pleasure; the docs get richer, and the victims and their loved ones get the usual.

Cautionary note: They’re already DOING IT with unborn babies, using body parts for everything from flavor enhancers for soup and soft drinks.....to cosmetics for milady!

How far ARE we from Auschwitz and Treblinka?


4 posted on 04/26/2014 5:57:54 AM PDT by Tucker39 (Welcome to America! Now speak English; and keep to the right....In driving, in Faith, and in politic)
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To: BenLurkin

Well then, all’s right with the world.


5 posted on 04/26/2014 6:00:47 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: BenLurkin

We hear about black on white crime all the time. What about the fact that 90% of the time it’s male on female killing.


6 posted on 04/26/2014 6:02:35 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Tucker39

Don’t give Obama any ideas...


7 posted on 04/26/2014 6:10:13 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: ladyjane

I am surprised that Eric Holder hasn’t sued for release of all male violent criminals since conviction statistics show a disparate gender impact.


8 posted on 04/26/2014 6:16:35 AM PDT by Chewbarkah
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To: Zhang Fei

Thanks for the background info. Sad situation, but Ms. Pham played a big part in her own death.


9 posted on 04/26/2014 6:19:44 AM PDT by moovova
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To: BenLurkin
has saved the lives of countless others

I believe we will be able to count exactly how many people get donations from her, even if we don't have the final count.

And we certainly will be able to count exactly how many have their lives SAVED by donations.

This is a case where "countless" just means "we don't have time to count or explain".

10 posted on 04/26/2014 6:23:06 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Chewbarkah

Not only ‘disparate gender impact’ but ‘a disparate race impact’ as well.


11 posted on 04/26/2014 6:25:20 AM PDT by Kackikat
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To: Tucker39

Cautionary note: They’re already DOING IT with unborn babies, using body parts for everything from flavor enhancers for soup and soft drinks.....to cosmetics for milady!


Some places have been burning medical waste, including aborted babies, to generate electricity.


12 posted on 04/26/2014 6:27:12 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Tucker39

What is your point? I would guess that you have never been a young parent in need of a transplant!


13 posted on 04/26/2014 6:27:45 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek
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To: Zhang Fei

Have the cops stopped looking for additional perps or are they satisfied with just these two? That’s what some people were suggesting.


14 posted on 04/26/2014 6:31:51 AM PDT by csvset
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To: BenLurkin

A good family.


15 posted on 04/26/2014 6:35:44 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: Zhang Fei

bttt


16 posted on 04/26/2014 6:43:50 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: moovova

“Sad situation, but Ms. Pham played a big part in her own death.”

Disagree. Ms. Pham believed she was among human beings. She was mistaken, not culpable.


17 posted on 04/26/2014 6:47:44 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: BenLurkin

When my brother-in-law died at age 26 my in-laws donated his organs. later they received a letter outlining the number of people that had been help by the donation. It was over 30.

At least some part of him is living on


18 posted on 04/26/2014 6:50:51 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Ouchthatonehurt

“Disagree. Ms. Pham believed she was among human beings. She was mistaken, not culpable.”

Ms.Pham threw the first punch thereby creating a situation that could lead to unpredictable results. As it turned out, unpredictably, she wound up dead.


19 posted on 04/26/2014 7:29:09 AM PDT by moovova
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To: Ouchthatonehurt

“...among human beings....”

But, you are correct in one sense...

She is now truly “among” human beings...quite a few I suppose, if I understand how organ donation works. :-)


20 posted on 04/26/2014 7:34:11 AM PDT by moovova
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To: Coldwater Creek

Hi CC,
Please stop speed reading and read my reply again. It had NOTHING to do with legitimately helping ailing babies, even including transplants.

I was talking about aborting 60 MILLION babies and using their body parts for flavor enhancers, in collagen fortified “beauty” products....And lately, even fuel for furnaces and energy generation. As far as I know, they haven’t used the aborted babies to make lampshades.....yet. If someday they tried making ladies’ purses out of babies’ skin, I would not be surprised. In some respects the Nazis didn’t have anything over on OUR medical and commercial industries. IMHO.


21 posted on 04/26/2014 7:39:52 AM PDT by Tucker39 (Welcome to America! Now speak English; and keep to the right....In driving, in Faith, and in politic)
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