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High School Principal, Who Donated Bone Marrow to a Teen, Dies

Updated On 11 Apr, 2019 Published On

A high school principal, who donated his bone marrow to save a teen's life, died on Sunday, April 7, after falling into a month-long coma.

His family told NJ.com, Derrick Nelson, who was a principal at Westfield High School in New Jersey, donated the bone marrow at a Bergen County hospital back in February.

His father, Willie Nelson, told the outlet, "After the procedure he did, he couldn’t speak and was lying in the bed."

Willie added, "His eyes were open and he realized who we were. But he couldn’t move. He never spoke again."

He continued,

We really don’t know the full story of what happened. We were expecting him to come out of the coma he was in. But he didn’t make it.

Nelson was engaged to fiancée Sheronda Braker. His fiancee told CNN that Nelson was a tremendous father to their beloved daughter Morgan.

She then added that he was "the best companion and life partner I could have ever asked for."

She continued,

He loved his family almost beyond belief. He was a man who carried himself with dignity, courage and compassion. His last kind and generous act on this earth in giving so someone else might live is a true testament to who he was and how he should always be remembered. We will always love him.

As per the report, Nelson used to donate blood during college in 1996.

A national bone marrow donor program contacted the principal in October, telling him that he could save the life of a 14-year-old boy by donating his bone marrow. A few months later, he did so.

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