Washington County VA

Weston Keeton gives gift of sight by donation

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. - 7-year-old Weston Keeton has already left a legacy -- he will be helping someone receive the gift of sight.

Weston died this weekend after complications following a rare multiple organ transplant.

We learned Weston's corneas were donated to someone in need. Corneas are the clear coating on the top part of your eye that allows you to see.

Weston's parents decided to donate his corneas because he received a double lung and heart transplant, which allowed him several more months to live.

Joy McCray with Donate Life tells us they've seen first-hand the difference a cornea donation can make after a co-worker lost his sight. "He went 20 years without being able to see. He couldn't drive, he couldn't work. When he received his first cornea transplant, it was the first time he saw his son play baseball and the first time he saw his daughter dance. It definitely changed his life," she said.

McCray tells us right now there are 120,000 people waiting for some type of transplant.

Weston went through several open heart surgeries and was the recipient of a rare heart and double lung transplant. Recently he underwent another heart surgery to repair a leaky heart valve.

The family of Weston Keeton says he died Sunday afternoon. 

If you want more information about organ donation or Donate Life you can contact them at (423) 915-0808.

If you want additional information and you are in Virginia click here and if you're located in Tennessee click here.

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