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8-year-old crash victim's organs will give children a second chance

Posted November 16, 2015

Ziari King was struck by a car on Perry Creek Road.

— A Raleigh family gave a remarkable gift on Monday night. They recently found out that a child in their family was going to die and decided that they did not want other families to get the same news.

On Sunday, doctors told Tiffany James that her 8-year-old daughter, Ziari King, was not going to make it.

“She fought and struggled all she could, but you know, she got tired,” said James. “There was not much they could do.”

A few days earlier, James said a ball rolled onto Perry Creek Road and King thought it was safe to grab it. King was struck by a car and thrown 55 feet by the impact.

James was at home, a few doors down.

“I heard a bunch of kids running and screaming and ringing the doorbell frantically saying ‘Ziari, Ziari, Ziari got hit’,” said James.

King’s injuries were severe but, for a few days, there was hope. Then the bad news came from doctors.

“She stopped fighting and that is okay with me,” said James.

In that moment, James knew what it was like to lose a child, but she felt her daughter was telling her something.

“I felt compelled that she would want to save other lives,” said James.

James said King’s organs will be donated to help as many as eight other children.

“She’s wrapping her loving angel wings around other beautiful children that need a second chance in life,” said James.

James said she has no hatred for the driver that hit her daughter. She said, if anything, the last several days have given her more love for people around her.

The family has set up a Go Fund Me page to help with King's funeral expenses.


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  • Deanna Mitchell Nov 17, 2015
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    A tragedy and every parents worst nightmare. Our thoughts and prayers are with this family. What an extraordinary act of compassion, generosity and love to give the gift of life to others in this time of mourning. Bless them.

  • Wayne Douglas III Nov 17, 2015
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    Obviously, this is the hardest decision that Ms. James has ever had to make and in the loss of her daughter, the hardest event that she has ever gone through. It sucks that one life has to end, for many other lives to continue. Ziari is not hurting anymore. She is in a much better place. May God be with Ms. James, during this very difficult time.

  • Karen Orndorff Nov 17, 2015
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    What a beautiful way to remember your daughter, many prayers for the family.

  • Marty Dwyer Nov 16, 2015
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    RIP angel. In death, you are giving life.