A 12-year-old Florida girl who was killed after being struck by a car while crossing State Road A1A donated her organs on Christmas Day, according to her family members.
Her father, Mark Nelson, told Florida Today that Sophia Nelson helped save the lives of four children by donating her organs at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando.
Hospital staffers paid tribute to Sophia during her “honor walk” on her way to the surgical ward, Nelson said. During the ceremony, attendees silently listened to a recording of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”
“Every Christmas when I hear that song, I’ll remember my angel saving four other lives with her last act,” Nelson said.
Sophia was a sixth-grader at Surfside Elementary in Satellite Beach, according to the paper.
Police said the crash took place Sunday afternoon, Dec. 22, just days before Christmas, as the girl was crossing the road in a mid-block crosswalk.
Nelson told the paper that his daughter pressed the button and activated the lights, waited for several cars to pass, then stepped into the crosswalk during a “long gap” before the next car. But the oncoming vehicle failed to stop and struck her, he said.
Sophia was returning home from the beach with her grandfather, Andy, and dog, Coal, to wrap Christmas gifts and prepare for a holiday party.