An Asian rapper from Minnesota was able to save four lives after he passed away. The family of Jonathan “Thon” Souvannalath donated his organs after he passed away from a severe asthma attack, reports KTSP. The 25-year-old Laos-American rapper suffered an asthma attack on September 21st that led to sudden “respiratory/cardiac arrest,” according to a Gofundme set up in his name. First responders were able to revive him but he was put on life support. On September 24th he was pronounced brain dead.
“The doctor pulled me aside and said, you know, due to being so unresponsive and no blood flow to the brain, we’re going to try to close the organs down,” Thon’s older brother, Jimmy Souvannalath recalled to KSTP. “We had this family meeting in a room, talked about it and said, ‘What would Jonathan want to do?’ We knew Jonathan wanted to help people.”
Jonathan Souvannalath always helped people. He became a drug an alcohol counselor after he beat his own addiction to heroin in 2017.
“They said, ‘Hey this is a really, really rare case,” Jimmy said. “He’s young, he’s healthy and he’s sober.’ His sobriety was a big key. And they mentioned, Jonathan’s blood type is O, so he can help anybody. He can give his organs to any blood type and he would match.”
Finding organs that are donatable is rare. Only about 1% of people are able to do so. The patient has to die in a hospital on a ventilator through brain death leaving the person’s other organs in tact.
Thon’s organs, his liver, heart, and kidneys saved four people. His left and right kidney went to a 54 and 56 year-old man. His liver went to a 70-year-old woman while his heart went to a 65-year-old man.