Saturday, July 11, 2020

Colorado Firefighter With Brain Tumor Given A Final Send-Off On Way To Give His Organs

There is no greater charity than that of saving lives. Helping a stranger or even family who can’t give back anything in return is the evidence of true love and compassion. 

Cody Mooney is the guy from Littleton who is moving people for his kindness and big heart. The life of Cody is one to be celebrated for putting others’ lives before his, countless times against all the odds. 

Cody pursued a career as a diligent firefighter brazing through the flames to see families whole again. His impact on the community was expressed at Littleton hospital when family, hospital staff, friends, and fellow fighters gathered to honor him as he breathed his last. 

What stood out about this man was his resolve to save humankind to his last breath, and even as he was dying, he was able to save a life by donating his body organs. Not even death would stop him from completing his mission.

His life

Mooney was a firefighter at South Metro Fire Rescue where he embarked on a mission to serve his community. Emily explains that all was well until June 2017 when by chance they found out that a tumor was growing in Cody’s brain stem.

It was a great time of testing for the family, but this did not stop Cory from continuing his service as he went on to do his work. His father says that Cody was the sole breadwinner of his family and there was no way he was leaving his family to the cold.

Until 2019, surgery was not a preferred option as the risk was too high due to the location of the tumor. The family chose to wait and monitor things. 

The fight

On 13 February 2019, Cody was called in for surgery for the tumor had developed to about 50 percent.

The surgery went well, but Cody had a surgical site infection which caused an aneurysm in his brain.

Cody at the young age of 31 had led a good fight against the brain tumor but sadly succumbed two weeks after his surgery. The unfortunate event left behind a heartbroken family and community who had walked with him all through this time.

The sendoff

On the night he gave his last breath, people of Littleton came in the numbers to celebrate and honor the amazing hero Cody was. It was a true testament of Cody’s character and impact to his community. 

The send-off was led by two firefighters dressed in their full uniform walking ahead of the hospital bed carrying Cody as hospital staff and colleagues saluted at their friend. His wife, expected to give birth in a few months to their 5th child, was at his side the whole time.

Just like he had done in his life, Cody’s final act on earth was to save a life. But not by putting off fire this time, but by giving all he had; his body organs. What a wonderful gift to humanity!

Nelson O. Freytes
Nelson O. Freyteshttp://transplantcafe.com/profile/nelson
Nelson received a liver transplant over 20 years ago due to fulminant liver failure, caused by thyroid medication. A few years after his transplant, Nelson set out to build a ‘next-level’ social network for the transplant community and started Transplant Cafe, and most recently Transplant News.

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