Metro Detroit mom on a mission to connect with people saved by son's organ donation

Posted at 11:30 PM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 23:37:25-04

EASTPOINTE, Mich. (WXYZ) — Jody Pelt’s son Bill Scruggs was murdered in March inside a basement of a home in Eastpointe, according to police. He was only 20-years-old.

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Months after his tragic death, his mother is speaking to Action News about a letter the family received from a man who received his heart.

“He said, that he loves us for not knowing us and he prays for us every single day,” Pelt said.

According to a letter from the Gift of Life, a 53-year-old man has his heart, a 37-year-old man received his kidney and pancreas, a 47-year-old woman has his liver, a 62-year-old woman has his right kidney and a 60-year-old man received his lungs.

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“He was a 100% donor,” Pelt said about her son’s organ donations.

A Gift of Life spokesperson said, they were able to use seven of his organs.

In Michigan more than 3,000 are on the wait list for various organs.

For more information on how to become an organ donor visit Gift of Life here.