OAK RIDGE, N.C. — An 11-year-old boy who was hit and killed by an SUV while attending a trunk-or-treat event at a church in North Carolina will make a lasting impact by saving several lives through organ donation.
Noah Chambers' family told WTVD that the pain from his death is still there, but they are proud Noah will be able to help other children live.
"When they were talking about being a donor, me and his mother didn't hesitate," Noah's father Robert Chambers said. "I would not want any parent to go through this. It is the worst pain."
Local news outlets report that Noah was trying to cross the road at the event last Friday night when he was hit by a Jeep SUV.
The event was held at Bethel United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol said the boy remained in critical condition Saturday at Brenner Children's Hospital, but later died Sunday afternoon.
A family member told a television station that the family had been praying that "God will heal Noah." The family member said, "We need a miracle."
"Noah's personality was just amazing," Robert Chambers told WTVD. "He'd make you laugh. He'd make you just cry. How could a boy so beautiful, inside and out."
The family said they will have the opportunity to meet whoever Noah's organs help. Robert Chambers said Noah's organs have already gone to seven children.
First responders said the driver of the Jeep SUV who hit the boy stopped and remained on the scene during the investigation.
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