AUBURN, Kan. (KSNT) – The family of 20-year-old Noah Thibodeau said he took his final breaths on Wednesday morning as doctors wheeled him into an operating room to harvest his organs for donation.
His sister Sam Thibodeau said she was proud that her brother was able to die the way he lived: giving to others.
“A 9-month-old got his liver, a 3-year-old got one kidney, and then a 47-year-old got his other kidney,” Thibodeau said.
For Noah, selflessness was just part of who he was.
“If someone called him and said they needed help, or he just heard that someone needed help, he dropped everything he had planned to go help him,” Thibodeau said. “It didn’t matter if he knew them or not.”
His mother Amy Morey is heartbroken by the loss.
“I’m going to miss his smile a lot, and his big hugs,” Morey said.
Thibodeau was taken from them after a fight broke out at a party over the weekend in Auburn.
“He was with his friends and someone grabbed him. They were inside of his car, and Noah was outside of the car and it drug him with it,” Thibodeau said.
He was rushed to Stormont-Vail Hospital too but according to his family, his injuries were too severe to survive.
“It’s hard because I thought I was going to grow up with him and see him be a dad. I think that’s the biggest thing that’s going to be the hardest because he was so good with kids,” Thibodeau said. “My daughter and my son they loved him very much. I think that’s going to be the hardest thing is we’re not going to grow up together raising our kids together.”
Now his family is focused on remembering the good times.
“Seeing him interact and play with my grandson Cooper on the beach, and fishing, and just he would always lighten up the mood and make everybody laugh and have a good time,” Morey said.
Though that contagious smile is gone now he was able to do a lot of good with what he left behind, by saving other lives with his organs.
“They’re really lucky they have a part of him in them,” Thibodeau said.
“I know he would be so proud of that too. It meant a lot to all of us,” Morey said.
Noah’s family will be laying him to rest at a service on Saturday Feb. 22nd at 10 A.M. at the Methodist Church in Eskridge.
In lieu of flowers, Noah’s family is asking for donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. It’s a cause that was close to his heart because his younger sister has cystic fibrosis.