Country singer Granger Smith’s wife, Amber Smith, revealed on Saturday that their son saved the lives of two people through organ donation after the boy died in a “tragic accident” in early June.

Amber shared on Instagram on Saturday that they decided to help others after their 3-year-old son, River Kelly Smith, accidentally drowned in their pool at the family’s Texas home, calling it “one of the hardest, yet easiest, decisions” the couple has ever made.

“I’ve always known I wanted to be a donor if anything were to ever happen to me. I just felt that if I had viable organs, why would I go into the ground with them? My spirit would be in Heaven, so why not save a life if I could?” the 37-year-old mother wrote. “Never in a million years did I think I would be making that decision for my baby.”

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I’ve always known I wanted to be a donor if anything were to ever happen to me. I just felt that if I had viable organs, why would I go into the ground with them? My spirit would be in Heaven, so why not save a life if I could? Never in a million years did I think I would be making that decision for my baby. When 3 different neuro specialists told us that River had 0% chance of brain recovery (yes 0, not 10 or 1%, 0) after shock and reality set in, I thought, how can we bury our sweet baby and not try to help others? His body is perfect, his organs are perfect, we had to do something. There are so many people waiting for an organ to save their lives. The doctors said donation was quite a process. We would have to search for viable recipients and it could take days. We knew River’s spirit was in Heaven, but we couldn’t bear to watch his tiny, earthly body be pumped full of all the medicines for 3 or more more days while they searched. They tried to expedite the process so our family could be in peace, told us they would take him back to operate the next morning, but we wouldn’t know what organs could be used until after. With such a small body, organs had to be measured physically, not just by X-ray. I spent the night laying in bed with him, crying and talking to him while they kept running tests and taking blood. The next morning family and staff lined the hall for the “walk of honor”. We told them River liked to go fast, so to honor him, they pushed him down that hall faster than they had ever pushed anyone. Granger and I held each other and cried. We got the letter that our tiny, red-headed hero gave life to 2 adults. A 49 year old woman and a 53 year old man. I cried when we opened it. Cried out of sadness & cried out of love. I’m so proud to be River’s mama and I’m so grateful to God that he gave him to us for those incredible 3 years. I pray these 2 recipients live healthy, joy filled, full throttle lives just like Riv. It was one of the hardest, yet easiest, decisions we’ve ever made. There are over 113,000 people waiting for transplants & 20 people die each day waiting. Go to OrganDonor.gov to see how you can help give life as well. ❤️

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Amber shared her emotional experience of her son’s final moments on earth.

“When 3 different neuro specialists told us that River had 0% chance of brain recovery (yes 0, not 10 or 1%, 0) after shock and reality set in, I thought, how can we bury our sweet baby and not try to help others?” she wrote.

“His body is perfect, his organs are perfect, we had to do something,” she continued. “There are so many people waiting for an organ to save their lives.”

After making the decision, doctors ran tests to see if organ donation was possible and it wasn’t an easy process. Amber explained that, River’s “organs had to be measured physically, not just by X-ray” because he was a small child. She spent the night “laying in bed with him, crying and talking to him” before the operation with her son. “The next morning family and staff lined the hall for the ‘walk of honor.’ “

Amber Smith wrote in the post she received a letter that revealed their “tiny, red-headed hero” gave life to a 49-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man. She “cried out of sadness & cried out of love.”

“I’m so proud to be River’s mama and I’m so grateful to God that he gave him to us for those incredible 3 years,” she wrote. “I pray these 2 recipients live healthy, joy filled, full throttle lives just like Riv. It was one of the hardest, yet easiest, decisions we’ve ever made. There are over 113,000 people waiting for transplants & 20 people die each day waiting,” she wrote.

The couple also donated more than $218,000 to Dell Children’s Medical Center, the hospital that treated River before he died. The donation was in honor of their son and the work doctors did to comfort them throughout the tragic ordeal.

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