Parents, organ recipients form uncommon friendship

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two women who say they owe their lives to a 17-year-old boy who was killed in an ATV accident 14 years ago spent part of the weekend sharing stories with the teen’s mother about the impact his death had on their lives.

The Wichita Eagle ( reports Bryan Owens was left brain dead Sept. 6, 1999, after he jumped a small ditch with his four-wheeler and landed wrong. His parents chose to donate his kidneys, liver, pancreas and corneas.

On Saturday, Kay Pope and Trish Pooley met with Bryan’s mother, Kay Owens, in what a spokeswoman for the Midwest Transplant Network called an uncommon gathering.

Pope says she wouldn’t be alive without Bryan’s liver, and Pooley says she was given new life when his kidney was a match for her.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,

An AP Member Exchange contributed by The Wichita Eagle.

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