Vernon teen succumbs to injuries but leaves behind lifesaving legacy
VERNON — After fighting for nearly a week in hospital, a Vernon teen severely injured in a boating accident on Lake Okanagan last Saturday has passed away.
Miles Wohlford, 14, died Friday night after his family made the tough decision to take him off life support.
“I would like all our friends to know to be aware that due to a very grave prognosis for recovery our family has made a very difficult decision to remove the life-sustaining therapies that have been sustaining Miles since Saturday,” wrote Miles’ mother Randi Lund in a Facebook message to media, “we are very hopeful that the sequence of events can accommodate Miles’s wish to become an organ donor.”
And after Miles passed, he was able to fulfill that wish, says Lund.
“He honourably gave life to a minimum of six people through organ donation.”
On a Facebook support page for Miles his sister, Taigan Wohlford, sent a heartfelt message to her brother.
“Rest in peace to the best brother in the world! I love you lots! And you should know that. It’s hard to think about. You mean everything to me, you’re my idol, my inspiration, my best friend, but most importantly you’re my brother! You gave me the best 13 years of my life.”
There’s been an outpouring of support from the Vernon community, with family friends launching a fundraising page shortly after Miles’ accident.
There are also fundraisers planned in Vernon to continue to support the family.
A bottle drive drop off will be held July 12th, at Craftsman Collision on 27th Street in Vernon.
An afternoon tea and evening dance is set for Friday, July 18th at the Elks Hall.
A dance and silent auction is scheduled for Friday, August 8th at the Vernon Lodge.