Late Atoka Co. teen to be honored in 2023 Rose Parade

Published: Nov. 1, 2022 at 11:06 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 2, 2022 at 3:59 PM CDT
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TUSHKA, Okla (KXII) - Oklahoma native Morgan Flynn and her sister Chloe Hyatt grew up with cystic fibrosis, a disease attacking the lungs and other areas of the body.

“She went through more in her almost 17 years of life than some people go through in 80 years.” Chloe said, “Morgan had 2 double lung transplants during her short 16 years of life.”

It’s why Morgan felt so strongly about organ and tissue donations.

“She always remembered her donors. She wanted us to know that if it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have had her.”

“We had Morgan for an extra 10 years basically because of those organ donations that people made to her,” Morgan’s father, Randy Hyatt said.

The gift of extra time to spend with her loved ones is what inspired Morgan to be an organ donor.

“Morgan was able to donate her heart valves and her corneous and so we got to return the favor hopefully to some other family like what was given to us,” Randy said.

Now with help from Life Share, Morgan’s selfless act will be recognized nationally.

Morgan is one of 44 donors to be honored in the ‘Donate Life’ float in the 2023 Rose Parade in California.

“It’s several organizations across the U.S. that help put together this float, and as a sponsor of the float we are able to recognize Oklahomans that have been impacted by organ donation,” Life Share’s Chief Administrative Officer Katy Smith said.

On Tuesday Life Share unveiled the floragraph of Morgan that will be displayed on the float on New Year’s Day.

“What these guys are doing for us here is, a lot of local people know Morgan’s story, but now we get to share her story on a national scale,” Randy said.