Newborn on life support declared legally brain dead
Posted September 12, 2012
Snow Camp, N.C. — Family members of an infant who has been on life support since he was born said Wednesday they plan to donate his organs.
Will Riggans was legally declared brain dead Tuesday but was kept on life support so that doctors could harvest his organs.
He was 10 days old.
Will's parents were on their way to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill on Sept. 1 to give birth when they were in a wreck. His mother, Megan Riggans, died. His father, Casey Riggans, was seriously injured.
Doctors said Will was deprived in-utero of oxygen and suffered head trauma from the wreck. He never opened his eyes, cried or moved his arms and legs.
Family members said they are comforted that Will can live on in other babies who are fighting to survive.