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Crash Victim's Organ Donation Wishes Not Carried Out

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Toni Reaves Toni Reaves

by Chris Conte

HUMPHREYS COUNTY, Tenn. - The family of a Humphreys County man who died in a car accident over the weekend is trying to figure out why organ donation wishes weren't carried out.

"I think it's a dishonor, I think it's a disgrace to him. I feel like I've let him down," explained Toni Reaves whose step father Terry Burns died in an accident on Saturday.

According to Reaves, her step father had his license clearly marked to indicated that he wanted his organs donated if he were to ever pass away but this weekend that didn't happen.

"How hard is it to look at the driver's license and say 'this is what this patient requested.' We'd actually talked about it when my brother was injured in Iraq, that we'd all be organ donors," Reaves added.

After the crash, officials said Burns was taken to Three River Hospital in Waverly, but along the way something changed and his family said the time has now passed for any of his organs or tissue to be donated.

"I just wanna make sure it doesn't happen again," Reaves said.

Three Rivers Hospital did not respond phone calls Monday asking for a comment.

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