Morgan Thornsberry, the 7-year-old boy critically injured Saturday night in an incident just outside Hughson, died Thursday, according to the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.
The family’s friends, neighbors and much of the Hughson community rallied around the Thornsberrys, offering prayers, support and monetary donations as the Hughson Elementary first-grader lay in critical condition this week at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Posts on social media indicated the child suffered a major head injury.
On the Prayers for Morgan gofundme page, which raised more than $28,000 in support for the family, an update Thursday morning asked for prayers specifically at 8 a.m., when “the last exam of brain activity will be assessed, and if no change, a legal declaration of death will occur.”
Late Thursday, Morgan’s parents, Kasey and Shandea, posted this message on the page: “We cannot thank you enough for all of the prayers and support throughout this week for our family while we are going through this. The Lord chose to take our sweet, beautiful Mr. Morgan to heaven this morning. Our hearts are aching with grief, but we know that the Lord is in control and his timing is perfect, even if we don’t understand.
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“We ask for continued prayer for us as we navigate through the days ahead. As many people know, one of Morgan’s favorite sayings was ‘watch this’ as he would show us what he had accomplished. We have been praying for a miracle, and while God did not give us the miracle we were asking for, he is going to use Morgan as a miracle for others. Our amazing boy is going to say ‘watch this’ one more time as he is going to be donating his organs in hopes of allowing other children to be able to go home with their families. We believe that God promotes the sanctity of life so we ask now that you will lift up the transplant process and allow the donor recipients to accept the gifts that Morgan will be giving.”
Morgan was injured on private property off Leedom Road just outside Hughson, according to Hughson Police Services. Details on what happened are few. “We have that it was a wedding and that a child somehow during the course of the reception was on an ATV or golf cart” and crashed, Stanislaus County sheriff’s Lt. Mark Nuno said Tuesday.
The California Highway Patrol, not the Sheriff’s Department, responds to crashes in the county, but the 911 call went out as an “unresponsive child,” not indicating a vehicle accident, so a CHP officer was not dispatched, Officer Eric Parsons, a CHP spokesman, said Tuesday.