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Boy, 9, who died in Detroit house fire saves four lives

Family injured in house fire on Detroit's west side
Posted at 4:10 PM, Feb 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-27 16:10:52-05

A 9-year-old Detroit boy who died in a house fire has saved four lives.

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Orlando “O.J.” Brown was taken off life support Feb. 15, just two days before his 10th birthday.

Brown died because of his injuries when his house on Detroit’s west side caught fire on Feb. 13. Brown’s mother and 6-year-old brother were able to escape. However, Brown was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

His organs have been donated to four people so far: his left kidney and pancreas went to one patient, a right kidney to another and his liver helped saved two other people.

“We’re devastated by the loss of O.J., but we felt it would be something positive to help save the lives of others" said Cassandra Brown, O.J.’s Grandmother.

Brown’s mother was injured and his 6-year-old brother is still recovering from burns to 80 percent of his body.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family recover.

OH Pye III Funeral Home has offered to cover funeral expenses for Brown.

Funeral services for Brown will be held Saturday March 2, 2019 at 11am at Calvary United Methodist Church, 15050 Hubbell Ave., Detroit, MI 48227. Family hour is from 10am-11am on Saturday March 2, 2019, also at Calvary United Methodist Church. Visitation will be Friday March 1, 2019 from 4pm-8pm at OH Pye III Funeral Home, 17600 Plymouth Rd, Detroit MI 48227.