This is just awful. MMA fighter Marcus Kowal’s 15-month-old son, Liam, died after being hit by a suspected drunk driver on Sept. 2. Marcus announced that his baby boy had been declared brain dead in an heartbreaking message on Sept. 4.
“About an hour ago, our baby was declared brain dead,” Marcus wrote on Facebook. “He tried to fight so hard. He even died at one point but they brought him back. He’s a little fighter. Our hearts are broken and there’s a void in my soul but we will get through this … RIP Liam Mikael Kowal.”
Liam was being pushed in a stroller by his 15-year-old aunt when Donna Marie Higgins, 72, allegedly hit them with her car in Hawthorne, California, on Sept. 2, ABC 7 reports. Liam was not breathing when witnesses found him. Liam’s aunt was hospitalized with serious injuries but is expected to survive.
Donna allegedly tried to flee the scene but witnesses followed her and prevented her from driving away, the outlet reports. She was later arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving and felony hit-and-run.
Marcus also announced that he and Liam’s mother, Mishel Eder, would be donating Liam’s organs. Marcus wrote they were donating Liam’s organs “so that his little heart can make another child live and another set of parents not have to go through what we have to.” He also noted that “Liam loved to share and the person we were going to raise him to be would love to help someone else.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover medical expenses and Liam’s funeral. As of Sept. 6, over $69,000 has been raised. “No parent should EVER have to bury their child!” the final line of the GoFundMe page’s message reads. Rest in peace, Liam.
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