Slain NYPD Officer Wilbert Mora’s organ donations save 5 lives: ‘Somebody did receive this hero’s heart’

Mora succumbed to his injuries days after he and another officer faced a barrage of bullets while responding to a domestic violence incident.

The 27-year-old Mora’s donated heart, kidneys, pancreas and liver later went to three recipients in his home state of New York and two more elsewhere in the country, said Leonard Achan, CEO of Live On NY, which helped facilitate Mora’s lifesaving last wish. 

“Somebody did receive this hero’s heart,” Achan told Fox News Digital on Wednesday. “Officer Mora and his family are huge, huge supporters of organ donation, and this was important to them and they wanted to make sure that he lived on. They wanted to make sure that they knew that he was a hero in life — and that he’d be one in his unfortunate and tragic death.”

NYPD Officer Wilbert Mora died this week from injuries suffered Friday when an armed domestic violence suspect kicked through a door and opened fire.

NYPD Officer Wilbert Mora died this week from injuries suffered Friday when an armed domestic violence suspect kicked through a door and opened fire. (NYPD)

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While he declined to go into specifics about the recipients, citing the patients’ right to privacy, he said each of the recipients would have a new lease on life because of Mora, the NYPD, paramedics, hospital workers and others involved.

Race to save a life

When an organ donor dies, it’s a race to procure lifesaving body parts for potential recipients. They need to be kept on a mechanical respirator, and the organs need to be intact after whatever trauma killed the donor.

NYPD officers in motorcycles lead an ambulance carrying Officer Wilbert Mora as he is transferred from Harlem Hospital to NYU Langone hospital on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022 in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City.

NYPD officers in motorcycles lead an ambulance carrying Officer Wilbert Mora as he is transferred from Harlem Hospital to NYU Langone hospital on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022 in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. (Associated Press)

In a perfect scenario, a single donor can supply organs to eight people, Achan said.

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“And with tissue donation, you can change the lives of up to 50 people,” he said. 

That would include skin, heart valves, corneal transplants and musculoskeletal tissue, he said.

Gunned down

Mora and rookie NYPD Officer Justin Rivera, 22, were gunned down in a Harlem apartment Friday while responding to a domestic violence call involving a mother and her adult son.

The son, identified as Lashawn McNeil, 47, burst out of a back bedroom with a .45-caliber Glock and drum magazine, unloading on the unsuspecting officers. A third officer, Sumit Sulan, was in a different room at the time and returned fire, stopping the rampage and critically wounding the suspect.

NYPD Officer Jason Rivera, 22, was killed in the line of duty Friday night.  (NYPD)

NYPD Officer Jason Rivera, 22, was killed in the line of duty Friday night.  (NYPD)

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