NACOGDOCHES (KTRE) - The family of a Nacogdoches man who died as the result of an auto-pedestrian crash said his recent decision to become an organ donor benefited someone in need almost immediately after his death.
Brandon Duckett’s family said one his kidneys were donated to his best friend’s stepfather; a man whom family said Brandon once joked about being so close with that he would donate a kidney to him.
“Brandon and his friend have been best friends since 4th or 5th grade, so they’ve always known each other, but our families have just gotten to know one another,” said Chasity Mooney, Duckett’s sister. “It’s funny how life works.”
Duckett was hit by a car on May 4 while crossing South Street in Nacogdoches. As the driver got out to help him, Duckett was hit by another driver who did not stop. Nacogdoches Police Department is investigating the crash as a hit-and-run incident.
Around the time of Duckett’s death, his family learned that his best friend’s stepfather was on the U.S. Organ Transplantation waiting list, and had been listed for more than 700 days.
“We made the decision to go ahead and give one of Brandon’s kidneys to him, because we know it’s something that he would want,” Mooney said. “It’s great that we were able to make that choice and keep in contact with him. His kids have been so grateful.”
It was a decision that Mooney said her brother would appreciate for several reasons, and speaks to his passion for being outspoken and being a light for others.
“He was always so helpful, you know, and he was always putting others first,” Mooney said of her brother. “I think that if more of us did that, you know, the world would be a much better place.
“Just smile; be happy. You never know when your last day is,” she added.
Duckett’s funeral was held Thursday at Laird’s Funeral Home in Nacogdoches.