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Baby who died unexpectedly to become organ donor

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Posted at 5:58 PM, Nov 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-26 10:02:09-05

A Hubbard family who lost their one-year-old son Tobias unexpectedly donated his heart after his passing.

Allison Whitt and Aaron Bonner said their baby who was born with cerebral palsy and brain damage aspirated vomit while he was sleeping at their Hubbard home  early Tuesday morning.

"[I'm] devastated, numb," said the 19-year-old father. 

First responders attempted CPR when they arrived at their home before they airlifted the baby in critical condition to a Temple hospital.

"They were doing work on him. They were trying to get him to breathe because he was hardly breathing when we found him," Whitt said.

The baby died soon after the parents started driving to the hospital. 

"I never thought I would outlive my child," Whitt said. "I'm devastated about my son's death."

The 20-year-old said her and her fiance agreed to donate their son's heart.

"Even with our loss, we don't want other people to lose their children. There are other children who need another chance at life," Whitt said.

Tobias' heart is expected to help three children with heart valve disease.

"Even with death, there is life and now there will be a piece of my son that will live on forever," Whitt said.

The family will have a visitation for Toby on Monday at 11 a.m. at Pecan Grove Funeral Home in Robinson. He will be buried at 1 p.m. at Waco Memorial Park in Robinson.

The couple said they would like to honor their child by adding a bench to his final resting place but they can't afford it.

"It would mean a lot that he would have something that we would remember him by," Whitt said. "I would appreciate anything and everything that everybody will do to help me in our time of need."

If you would like to help them purchase the bench or help pay for funeral costs, click here.

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