Mora succumbed to his injuries days after he and another officer faced a barrage of bullets while responding to a domestic violence 事件.
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, 首席执行官 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.”
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, 护理人员, 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.
In a perfect scenario, a single donor can supply organs to eight people, Achan said.
“And with tissue donation, you can change the lives of up to 50 人,” 他说.
That would include skin, heart valves, corneal transplants and musculoskeletal tissue, 他说.
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.