SPEEDWAY, Ind. (January 4, 2015) – The family of Speedway fire victim Penny Stewart is speaking out about their loved one and her decision to be an organ donor.
Early on New Year’s Day, fire crews were called to the home Stewart, 45, shared with her boyfriend and former Sprint Car driver Greg Staab. Several firefighters pulled Stewart from the home and medical crews performed CPR.
She was taken to Methodist Hospital in critical condition. Firefighters said Stewart suffered smoke inhalation, and she was declared “brain dead” Friday night.
“She didn`t deserve to die this way. But everything happens for a reason,” said Dee Lockhart, Sewart’s cousin.
According to family members, Stewart decided a long time ago that she wanted to be an organ donor, and she is being kept on life support until her organs are harvested.
“God has a plan for everybody and apparently He needed her, so it was the first thing to go. She’s gonna help a lot of people here. And she`s going to live in a lot of people,” said Lockhart.
Her family told CBS4 all of her organs except her eyes and lungs will be donated.
“She was really a fantastic person. She`s really going to be missed by a lot, a lot of people,” said Lockhart.
The family is accepting donations to help cover the funeral expenses. You can learn how to give here.