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Boy Hit By Car Taken Off Life Support

Posted April 3, 2006 7:35 a.m. EDT

— A boy who was injured when a hit-and-run driver made an illegal pass was taken off life-support Monday.

Because the swelling on Jameel Short's brain was so severe, doctors at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center determined the boy would not survive the accident.

But because of his mother's decision, Short's life will still serve a purpose.

"He's an angel," his mother, Joslyn Jackson, said. "God put him here to save lives."

After being kept on life support for the weekend, doctors removed Short's vital organs on Monday morning. They will now be used to help someone else.

"I had him for 10 years, but he can go home now," Jackson said. "In heaven."

Short was hit while crossing a street in Fayetteville on Friday night.

"It was just this big boom and I ran outside," Jackson said about hearing the car accident that caused her 10-year-old son's death. "When I came outside I saw two pair of sneakers in the street."

Authorities said the car that struck Short and another boy, who was released from the hospital over the weekend, did not have its lights on.