NC teen decides to donate dad’s organs after fatal crash

Brooklyn and father, Darrell Mosley on her 16th birthday. (Photo courtesy family)

CHERRYVILLE, N.C. (WBTV) – A Cherryville family is preparing to honor a 44-year-old man who died after a car crash on his way home from work last Wednesday.

Darrell Moseley’s ashes will be spread on the ballpark for his daughter’s end-of-season softball game Saturday. She told WBTV about losing her dad and what she has done to help other families avoid experiencing the same loss.

“He was like, ‘OK, I love you,’ and he kissed me on the head and left,” said Brooklyn Moseley. “And that was the last time I talked to him.”

Darrell Moseley left his welding job in Kings Mountain Wednesday, May 25, and was involved in a crash.

“They said when he had the wreck he was thrown from the vehicle as soon as he hit. He went unconscious and he was basically dead then,” Brooklyn explained.

“I’m just glad he was able to be around at least for my 16th birthday,” the daughter added.

Brooklyn Moseley’s birthday was in April. Her dad died a month later. After the crash, Darrell Moseley was in the hospital for three days, and a decision had to be made about organ donation.

“So whenever they were asking mom about it, mom just turned to me, started looking at me,” Brooklyn said. “I was like, ‘I would like to make this decision,’ and she was like, ‘you do what you think is best, and I’m going to support you in whatever you decide.'”

Her father died on Saturday May 28, at 8:45 in the morning.

This Saturday, she plans to spread his ashes in Cherryville right near home plate, where she catches and where he would normally be while she plays for the Cherryville Dixie Girls Softball team.

“A lot different… because I’m not going have him there yelling at me and making me mad,” Brooklyn said.

On the softball field and in life, she could always count on him.

“He was my biggest support system in everything that I’ve done,” Brooklyn said, “And not having that support has really taken a toll on me.”

So when she needed to decide about his organs, especially his big heart, she knew what to say.

“He would want somebody else to be able to live and have a second chance and not go through this,” Brooklyn said. “I said, ‘maybe that heart will go to somebody who has a daughter or a son that plays ball, and they get to watch another softball game or basketball game for their kid.'”

Brooklyn shared photos and stories about her dad so viewers could see how organ donation has helped her family.

“You do have the power to change something, like you do have the opportunity to help somebody out even when you’re in the worst of times. If you help somebody out it could make you feel a whole lot better,” Brooklyn said.

The Moseley’s have been surrounded by their softball family. They are working to raise money for the funeral expenses and will be collecting money at the ballfield and they have set up a fundraising site: https://www.gofundme.com/26zqtfg.

In six weeks, the family will find out about the people who received Brooklyn’s dad’s organs, and whether they will want to meet the Moseley family.

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