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12/28/05-Longview

Letourneau Student Organ Donor Saves Teen

An East Texas college student has given a Fort Worth teenager a chance at life. Earlier this month, 20- year old Hunter Cippele was in a terrible accident. He died on Christmas Eve, but in his death he saved another life through organ donation. An outstanding tennis player at Letourneau, Hunter fell from a ladder while cleaning the gutters of his grandfather's house December 19th, suffering severe head injuries.

"When we got to the hospital and found out how severe the injury was, it was pretty devastating and we all began to pray for a miracle" said friend Brian Hopkins.

Hunter died on Christmas Eve but he left behind a miracle. He was an organ donor and his heart, liver, pancreas and kidneys have saved the lives of others, including a 15 year-old Fort Worth girl who received his heart on Christmas Day.

"With the faith he had that he would have wanted to give life to others if he had the opportunity, there'll be others survive because of what hunter thought of doing" said Hunters Tennis Coach Doug Carter.

Friends say Hunter had much to live for, including the love of his life Sarah Carroll.

"I tell you I loved Hunter more than anybody in this world, and he was just a godly guy and took care of me so well and so loving to me" said Sarah.

He taught 3rd and 4th grade Sunday school at Macedonia Baptist Church, and was a hit with kids and parents alike.

"You would think differently about what you would do today or tomorrow and know that maybe you would want to live up to what he did in 20 years" said fellow church member Lisa Hale.

Mostly they remember a young man who got enjoyed every part of living.

"In 20 years he really learned how to live life, and he found purpose and followed that purpose" Hopkins said.

Hunter was laid to rest the day after Christmas.

Bob Hallmark reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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