Organs of SHU student who died after choking are donated

A family friend says a Sacred Heart University student who died last weekend after choking during an eating contest donated her organs.



The family friend says Caitlin Nelson, of Clark, New Jersey, had indicated she was an organ donor. The college junior was part of a pancake-eating contest and choked at a sorority event Thursday night.



Bobby Egbert, with the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association, says while Nelson was on life support, the hospital was preparing to harvest her organs. She died on Sunday.



Egbert knew Nelson's father, James, who was a Port Authority police officer who died in the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Nelson was only 5 years old at the time.



The Port Authority Police Benevolent Association said Tuesday that by donating her organs, Nelson is giving all she could so others will live.



Ned Brooks is a kidney donor who now heads Donor to Donor, an organization that helps people find kidney donors. Brooks says he recognizes the importance of this generous contribution from Nelson.



"As tragic and as awful as this is for the family, the number of people whose lives can be saved and affected by the various organs that can be donated is in the dozens," he says.


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