Slain toddler’s organs donated to little boy in Texas, Buffalo woman
One of 2-year-old Ethan Bigham’s organs went to a little boy in Texas. Another part of him was transplanted into a 55-year-old Buffalo woman.
“At this point that’s what is keeping me going, knowing that my son is a miracle by helping others,” Ethan’s mother Heather Schoepflin said Tuesday.
Just hours earlier she kissed Ethan goodbye before he was wheeled into surgery to harvest his organs and tissue.
Seventeen-year-old babysitter Devon M. Vanderwege is accused of brutally beating the child Friday in the family’s Marilla trailer. He was charged Saturday with first-degree assault by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. But he may soon face a second-degree murder charge, authorities said.