Ailing Teen Gets Heart From Classmate Fatally Wounded in Hit-and-Run
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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — A Chesapeake High School freshman was walking with friends along Mountain Road not far from his Pasadena home April 12 when a dark colored Ford Explorer SUV struck him from behind and kept on going.
Skylar Marion, 15, was in a coma and on life support at the University of Maryland Medical Center for a few days after the hit-and-run. His father, Michael Marion, was considering donating his son’s organs when he received a text message from a former baby-sitter for his three sons that told him that her boyfriend’s younger brother needed a heart.
He sat by his unresponsive son and asked him about it, The Baltimore Sun reports, and even though Skylar could not answer, Michael told The Sun a feeling came over him that felt like Skylar was saying “OK.”
“That was a sign from God,” Marion said. “I didn’t know this kid or his parents, I just knew the girl.”
Kyle Wilkerson’s mother, Denise Wilkerson, told The Sun it was a 30,000-to-1 chance that Skylar’s heart would be a match for her son, but it was. Kyle was hospitalized in February with a potentially fatal heart condition. In fact, he was also a patient at the University of Maryland Medical Center and was in heart failure when Skylar was admitted.
It wasn’t until after the transplant was complete that the teens’ parents learned about their connection. Skylar and Kyle were actually classmates and friends.
Denise Wilkerson’s son is now at home recovering from the surgery, but for her the situation is bittersweet.
“I’d rather my son still be waiting for a heart and Skylar still be here, you know,” Wilkerson said. “It’s just hard.”
Now, one friend’s heart is beating in the chest of another.
Michael Marion says his son’s organs went to three other patients, too. He says the devil took his son away and God wanted him to spread his son around.
“Skylar has the chance to live through other people. It makes me feel good that Skylar saved lives,” Marion said. “It’s really strange how everything comes together like that. It’s a miracle.”
Meanwhile, there’s a $4,000 reward being offered for a tip leading to the arrest of the SUV driver.
Anne Arundel County police are still looking for the driver who hit Skylar Marion and left without stopping. On Monday, police released a poster describing the vehicle involved. It is a 1997-2002 Ford Expedition. It sustained suffered damage to the passenger side headlight and turn light assembly, which was broken out, and should have damage to the hood and passenger side front quarter panel.
Authorities also said rewards of up to $4,000 were being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the accident.
According to an online obituary, Skylar’s father is a widower. He told WJZ in Baltimore that he is a single dad who is now raising two surviving children alone.
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