Family of Coast Guard recruit who died in training donates heart

Coast Guard recruit who died in training donates

Coast Guard recruit who died in training donates heart

CAPE MAY - The family of a Coast Guard recruit from Virginia who collapsed and died after a physical fitness run at a New Jersey training center has donated his heart.

The Press of Atlantic City reports 21-year-old Aaron Redd, of Stafford, was an organ donor whose heart helped save another through the Gift of Life Foundation. His mother, Eileen, says she plans to write a letter to the recipient through the foundation explaining who her son was.

It's unclear why Redd collapsed on July 1 after a 1.5-mile run at the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May. He died five days later.

The Coast Guard says an investigation into Redd's death could take several months.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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