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Country singer Granger Smith posted a devastating message on his Instagram account. Smith says his 3-year-old son died in a "tragic accident".
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Field star Granger Smith and his wife Amber had cause to cry of love after announcing in June that their 3-year-old son, River, had drowned.

The boy saved two lives through organ donation, his mother revealed in an emotional publication on social media this weekend.

With "0% chance of brain recovery," doctors performed tests to see if organ donation was possible, Amber wrote on Instagram.

It was not an easy process.

"We knew that River's spirit was in heaven, but we could not bear to see how his tiny earthly body was filled with all the medicines for 3 or more days while they searched," he wrote.

The doctors tried to accelerate the process and told him that the family would not know which organs would be viable for the donation until after the process. Amber spent the night before the operation with her son.

"I spent the night lying in bed with him, crying and talking to him while they were still doing tests and drawing blood," he wrote. "The next morning, the family and staff lined up in the room for the" honor walk ".

A walk was simply not appropriate.

"We told them that River liked to go fast, so to honor him, they pushed him down that aisle faster than they had ever pushed anyone," he shared. "Granger and I hugged and cried."

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I have always known that I wanted to be a donor if something ever happened to me. I just felt that if I had viable organs, why would I go to earth with them? My spirit would be in heaven, then, why not save a life if I could? Never in a million years did I think I would make that decision for my baby. When 3 different neuro specialists told us that River had a 0% chance of brain recovery (yes, 0, not 10 or 1%, 0) after the shock and reality, I thought: how can we bury our sweet baby and not try to help him? others? Your body is perfect, your organs are perfect, we had to do something. There are so many people waiting for an organ to save their lives. The doctors said that the donation was a whole process. We would have to look for viable recipients and it could take days. We knew that River's spirit was in heaven, but we could not bear to see how his tiny earthly body was filled with all the medicines for 3 or more days while they searched. They tried to speed up the process so that our family could be at peace, they told us that they would take it back to operate the next morning, but we would not know which organs could be used until later. With such a small body, the organs had to be measured physically, not only by X-rays. I spent the night lying with him, crying and talking to him while they were still doing tests and drawing blood. The next morning, the family and staff lined up in the hall for the "honor walk." We told them that River liked to go fast, so to honor him, they pushed him down that aisle faster than they had ever pushed anyone. Granger and I hugged and cried. We received the letter that our little redheaded hero gave life to 2 adults. A 49 year old woman and a 53 year old man. I cried when we opened it. I cried of sadness and cried of love. I am very proud to be River's mom and I am so grateful to God that she gave it to us for those incredible 3 years. I pray that these 2 containers live healthy, full of joy, that they have a full accelerator like Riv. It was one of the most difficult and easy decisions to make that we have made. There are more than 113,000 people waiting for transplants and 20 people die every day waiting. Visit OrganDonor.gov to see how you can help give life as well. ❤️

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1 letter, 2 types of tears

Amber Smith said in the mail that she received a letter that revealed that her son's organ donation saved a 49-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man.

"I cried when we opened it, I cried with sadness and I cried with love," he wrote. "I'm very proud to be River's mom and I'm so grateful to God that she gave it to us for those incredible 3 years."

Amber Smith said her son River liked to go fast. She hopes that the two adults can live life "at full speed" now, too, after receiving their organs. (Photo: Getty Images)

Smith said he hopes the recipients of River's organs will capture some of their go-go spirit.

"I pray that these 2 recipients will live healthy, full of joy, with a full throttle like Riv," he wrote. She urged others to consider organ donation. "It was one of the most difficult and easy-to-take decisions we've ever made, there are more than 113,000 people waiting for transplants and 20 people die every day waiting. OrganDonor.gov to see how you can help give life too. "

Smith and Amber also share their daughter, London, 7, and her son, Lincoln, 5.

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