Young hero: 3-year-old is PH youngest organ donor

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 24) — The difficult decision of three-year-old Ezra Rosario’s parents has made him the youngest organ donor of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) and the first pedia donor of St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Jennae and Julius Rosario donated the organs and tissues of their young son after he was pronounced brain dead for the second time.

Based in the United States, the Rosario family visited the Philippines for a vacation and to celebrate the birthday of Ezra and his twin brother last Nov. 6. But Ezra drowned after he jumped into the deep part of the swimming pool instead of the shallow side.

“People have comforted us and assured us that he will live. At this point, with his deteriorating body, we made sure he will. Ezra will live on through others,” Jennae said in a post dated Nov. 12.

"With the support of our families, we decided to donate viable organs left in his body," she added.

NKTI confirmed on a Facebook post that Ezra was the youngest donor since the program began.

“Three years of life passed on to others. Short but well-lived," the institute’s organ retrieval arm NKTI-HOPE said.

Ezra’s kidneys were transplanted into a 24-year-old recipient, the NKTI - HOPE said. His corneas were distributed to two other recipients aged three and 22.

"What an honor to have a hero for a son," Jennae said.

Jennae said Ezra's body will be brought to Vigan, Ilocos Sur for cremation and his cremains would be brought back to the US "in the near future."