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Valley teenager in tragic accident leaves the gift of life before death

Posted at 5:46 PM, May 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-28 02:00:53-04

MESA, AZ — Stephanie Barrier said, "Daring Dylan" is one of the many nicknames her adventurous, fun, and always-moving son Dylan had.

"There was nothing that he wouldn't try and if we're walking along, he's hopping from fence to fence, wall-to-wall jumping over things," said Stephanie as she sits next to Dylan's hospital bed.

Dylan Barrier has been at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa since last Wednesday when he suffered a tragic accident on his skateboard as he was heading home from a graduation party.

"When my son said he had fallen off the skateboard and he was going to the hospital, I was just hoping that it was another bump or bruise, it's pretty normal," said Stephanie.

Sadly, Dylan's injury to his brain was so severe he was placed on life support. Since last Wednesday, a parade of visitors has flocked to his room to wish him farewell, especially his baseball friends.

"Baseball out of all the sports that he did was his life," said Stephanie.

On Monday, Dylan's former teammates, friends, family and hospital staff gave him one final farewell as he went into surgery. Dylan donated some of his organs to others who have been placed on donation lists.

"I'm really pleased that he decided to donate his organs so that other people could live and have a chance at life," Stephanie said. She is hopeful to one day meet those who will be receiving her son's organs.

Considering the huge loss her son's tragic death leaves behind, Stephanie said she's happy to see her son continue to give to others even after death.

She had one final message to the recipients and their families. "I'm really happy for you and your family. I'm really sad that I lost my son since he's not going to need them (organs) anymore I'm really thankful that you guys will get another chance at life with your family I just wish you guys all the best," said Stephanie.

If you would like to help Dylan's family, you can donate here.