Doctors today rendered the most painful diagnosis they could to the family of 12-year-old Adrian Fajardo.
He was determined to be brain dead.
But in this time of tragedy and pain, the Fajardo family found a way to honor their boy and provide a lasting legacy.
They decided to donate Adrian’s organs.
"He's becoming a hero and his legacy will live for a long, long time," Adrian’s Uncle Luis Maradiaga told WWL-TV.
"He will be an organ donor and that's a beautiful thing."
Adrian had been in a coma since being rescued after an apparent runaway ice cream truck barreled through the parking lot of the apartment building where the family lived and crashed through two walls, trapping the boy beneath the rubble.
Crash investigators are still trying to figure out why the ice cream truck lost control.
The driver, 71-year-old Mechael Yousef Mansoor, was arrested days after the incident.
“He said the van suddenly accelerated, the gas pedal was stuck. Forensic exam of van by court certified mechanic says that never happened,” said a Kenner Police Department official.
Mansoor is facing charges of negligent injuring and reckless operation of a vehicle.
Kenner Police will likely upgrade charges to negligent homicide once little Adrian passes.