Lubbock Donor Family Unites with Son’s Organ Recipients

On Saturday, May 31, the family of 17-year-old Joshua Castro came face-to-face with the lives their young son saved through organ and tissue donation. 

Joshua, who passed away after a tragic ATV accident on April 20, 2012, became a hero when he donated his liver, heart, kidneys/pancreas, small intestine and bone. 

His family described him as quiet and reserved while at home, but his friends say he was the life of the party at school. Raised by his mother, father and stepfather, all three parents were proud of the young man he had become. He loved football and hunting, particularly deer hunting. 

His family had the opportunity to meet Joshua’s heart, liver and kidney/pancreas recipients at a meeting hosted by LifeGift. 

Joshua’s mother, Alicia, with Katheryn Darbonne, wife of Joshua’s heart recipient, Terry Darbonne. 

Joshua’s mother, Alicia, takes time to reflect on her son’s precious gifts. 

Joshua’s cousin/best friend listens to Joshua’s heart beat inside Terry Darbonne, heart transplant recipient. 
The Castro family with Joshua’s recipients at the Lubbock LifeGift office.

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