Family of wounded Lorena teen faces difficult decision

Apr 18, 2011

The teen from Lorena was on the local high school's football team and well regarded at his school.

The family of 17-year-old Lorena teen Nathan Romo, who was shot and wounded at Waco's S.J. Guthrie Park on March 7, recently had to make the difficult decision to take him off life support, according to television station KYTX.

Nathan had reportedly driven a friend to the park to meet someone the friend had an argument with. Upon arriving, the station says his vehicle was immediately fired upon, and Nathan was wounded in the head.

"I hope .... people .... see hey, this kid was 17 years old, he was a sophomore in high school, he had everything going for him and it could be just wiped out completely just being at the wrong place, at the wrong time," Nathan's uncle and Austin Romo told the news source.

After Nathan failed a brain scan, the source says his family decided to take him off life support and honor his desire to become an organ donor.

Making the situation more difficult, according to the station, Nathan did not have life insurance. His family is seeking donations and has begun a fundraising campaign, selling T-shirts with Nathan's name and likeness in order to collect funds to offset burial costs.

Some experts recommend taking out life insurance policies on children, as the death benefit may be enough to cover funeral expenses, should a tragedy occur.  

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