Family donates organs of UT teen ran over in driveway

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Syracuse, UT, United States (4E) – The family of a Syracuse, Utah teen, who died Sunday after being accidentally run over by her older sister while sunbathing in a driveway, is donating the victim’s organs.

The decision to donate 15-year-old Marli Hamblin’s organs came after her family decided to take her off from life support at the Ogden Regional Medical Center around 1 p.m. on Sunday. Hamblin showed no brain activity and chance of recovering, her cousin and LDS Church bishop Lance Hamblin said.

The Syracuse High School sophomore cheerleader was lying on a blanket and wearing headphones at the family’s driveway to sunbathe on Friday when her older sister did not notice she was there and backed out the family’s Chevy truck.

Hamblin suffered head trauma and brain damage from the freak accident. The sister was devastated and is struggling to cope with Hamblin’s death. No case has been filed with the police in connection with the accident.

Relatives and friends of the Hamblin family lighted candles down the street leading to the cheerleader’s home near 3000 West and 2700 South on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Bishop Hamblin asked for donations to the family to help pay for the medical cost of the victim’s hospitalization. The fundraising is being done through and so far $8,600 of the $50,000 target has been raised.

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