Apr 7, 2012 11:16 PM by Erin Steuber
The two Opelousas Catholic High School students, critically injured in a car accident on Thursday are not expected to recover.
Sarah Jarrell and Morgan Adams are still alive tonight in the ICU, at Lafayette General Medical Center. This easter weekend, their families keep vigil and are looking for some good to come from this tragedy.
Sarah Jarrell and Morgan adams signed up to be organ donors only days before their tragic accident. Saturday, family and friends gathered by the hundreds at Lafayette General Medical Center to honor them in a very special way.
With "Donate Life" flags, those who know the girls best gathered in front of the hospital.
With every pull, family members like Morgan's brother, raised flags for each Morgan and Sarah in honor of their final gift: the gift of life.
"I consider myself blessed to have known such beautiful girls inside and out," said John Brahams, Campus Minister at Opelousas Catholic School.
John Brahams is close to both girls and their families serving as a family spokesperson during their difficult time.
"I know just by speaking to them throughout this whole process they are forever grateful, first of all, for the tremendous community support that has not just been in the Opelousas area, but all over Acadiana," said Brahams.
The flag ceremony was put on with the help of the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency, or LOPA.
"Before the families came down with their friends and the community we did bless the flags at the feet of both girls," said Suzanna Morton of LOPA. "Then the families brought the flags down, we raised them in honor of their gifts. I think it's good healing for both families and it's a great way to let the community know that we do have heroes right here in our own area."
Despite the somber mood of the events, family and friends focused on the amazing lives of these young girls.
Other family friends say these final gifts are testament to the character of both.
"Mr. Adams asked that I tell the community that because of the gifts of these two girls, others can live," said Jody Ferguson, a close family friend.
"These two girls, just thinking about them makes me smile," said Brahams. "They were a true inspiration to their classmates but to their teachers as well. And these little kids, my own kids, look up to them as if they were heroes and you know what they are heroes."
Through donating organs and tissue each of these girls will have an impact on hundreds of lives.
A joint funeral service for both girls will be held at St. Landry Catholic Church on Wednesday, April 11 at 10 AM. Immediately following the service there will be separate grave side services for the girls.
Opelousas Catholic School will be closed on Wednesday so that students and faculty can attend the services.
Next Saturday, April 14th, from 7 to 11AM Casa Ole' of Opelousas will be partnering with LOPA to host the Caliente 5K Run for THEIR Lives to honor Sarah and Morgan's donations and the other heroes around Acadiana. Contact LOPA for more information on how to get involved.