Late South Korean footballer's organs donated to save 7 people

By Hoang Trang   May 15, 2024 | 03:16 pm PT
Late South Korean footballer's organs donated to save 7 people
The late footballer Jin Ho-seung. Photo courtesy of Korean Organ Tissue Donor Institute
After South Korean football talent Jin Ho-seung became brain-dead and passed away at the age of 22, his family donated his organs to save seven people.

Jin’s story was told by the Korean Organ Tissue Donation Institute in its announcement on Monday.

Two years since his death, Jin's family also wanted to make the story public in the hope that the talented young footballer would be remembered.

Newspaper Chosun reported that Jin had an accident on Sept. 20, 2022 while driving an electric motorbike back home after a meeting with friends when he was hit by a drunk driver.

Though doctors tried their best to save him, the 22-year-old did not regain consciousness and was brain dead. The family agreed to donate Jin's heart, lungs, right kidney, liver, pancreas and eyes at Ajou University Hospital on Sept. 24, 2022.

Jin's family said they wanted to donate his organs because they hoped someone would see the world through his eyes and live healthily with his heart. The institute said that seven people were saved thanks to his organ donations.

Jin is the only son in a family with two sisters. His parents say the young man was very affectionate, optimistic and often helps others in need.

Before his death, Jin was a promising young player. He has played football for 10 years with the dream of becoming a top player like Son Heung-min.

While in high school, Jin played for the Incheon United youth team. After graduating, he went to Germany for a year to study European football.

go to top