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Cimarron Memorial HS student to be remembered through organ donations

Posted at 7:46 PM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-21 01:51:17-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The 18-year-old involved in a motorcycle crash near Lake Mead Boulevard and Buffalo Drive is currently on life support.

Charles Sigler told 13 Action News, his son's memory will live on through organ donations.

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"He was so proud of it having saved up his money to buy it," Sigler said.

He also said he will always remember his son's love for riding motorcycles as Sigler has numerous photos of Michael showcasing his bike and now more than ever he will cherish them forever.

"He just loved the sense of freedom and the feeling of the wind in his face when he rode," Sigler said.

On Friday, May 17, Michael was involved in a severe crash on his motorcycle.

Las Vegas Metropolitan police reported he was wearing a helmet, but still suffered serious head injuries.

Since the crash, Michael has been at UMC Trauma; he is being kept alive so that he can give life to others.

"The trauma that took him from us was the swelling of his brain but left everything else in his body in pristine order to make him eligible to donate," said Sigler.

Sigler also said his son's blood type is B and that medical staff told him it's a rare type that will help save a lot of people.

"He made a conscious decision to be an organ donor, this is how it had to unfold," said Sigler.

The 18-year-old, who had a promising future, will take his last breath on Wednesday.

Currently, UMC Trauma is preparing the recipient list and preparing Michael's body to donate his blood and organs.

His big brother Charles said he will always be a hero in his eyes.

"He wanted to allow himself to save other peoples lives if he was not going to be here for long," Charles Jr. said

"The people that are dying from one day to the next because they've been on the list so long...my son Michael Sigler [is saving them]," said Sigler.

Michael's family and friends gathered for a vigil Monday evening on the corner of the intersection where the crash happened.