Weeks after her death, child killed by stray bullet continues to save, improve people’s lives

As a donor, Mya Vimal Patel’s organs are helping others; and almost 900 people have given $60,805 to a fundraiser in her name

Weeks after her death, child killed by stray bullet continues to save, improve people’s lives
A billboard near Margaritaville Casino in Bossier City calls attention to another way the late Mya Vimal Patel is helping others and invites others to become organ donors as well. (Source: Kenley Hargett/KSLA News 12)

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — A 5-year-old girl who died two days after being hit by a stray bullet continues to help improve people’s lives weeks after her death.

Weeks after her death, child killed by stray bullet continues to improve people’s lives

Almost 900 people have given $60,805 to a fundraiser started at the time of Mya Vimal Patel’s death on March 22. Those funds are benefiting Tiny Smiling Faces, a nonprofit that helps disadvantaged children in India with their education and other necessities.

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And now a billboard near Margaritaville Casino in Bossier City is calling attention to another way that Mya is helping others and invites others to do the same.

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Mya was an organ donor. Her lungs and pancreas have gone to medical research; her kidneys, liver, and heart have been given to three people.

Patel’s parents, Sneha & Vimal Patel, tell KSLA News 12′s Kenley Hargett they are happy Mya is helping others.

A billboard near Margaritaville Casino in Bossier City calls attention to another way the late Mya Vimal Patel is helping others and invites others to do the same.
A billboard near Margaritaville Casino in Bossier City calls attention to another way the late Mya Vimal Patel is helping others and invites others to do the same. (Source: Kenley Hargett/KSLA News 12)

By the numbers

75+: lives that 1 organ, eye and tissue donor can save and heal

75: lives you could heal if you donated your tissue

20: people die each day because the organ they need is not donated in time

10: minutes until someone else is added to the organ transplant waiting list

8: lives you could possibly save if you donated your organs

2: people could regain their eyesight if you donated your cornea

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