BYMS Alumni Morgan Wilson: A Legacy of Family, Friends, and the Donation of Life

Morgan Wilson Photo: Facebook
Morgan Wilson
Photo: Facebook

“As great a student as Morgan was in both leadership and yearbook, my fondest memories are of when she spoke of her sister, Katelyn,” stated Mr. Keith Kish, BYMS language arts, yearbook, and leadership instructor. “She spoke proudly and often of her little sister whom I was fortunate to get to know later. It was then that Katelyn frequently spoke of her big sister. I will always remember the bond the two of them had and the admiration that they had for each other,” added Mr. Kish.

Morgan Wilson, Bernardo Yorba graduate and  17 year old  Esperanza High School student  was at a tennis training facility in Anaheim warming up for a private tennis lesson on July 8 of this year when she collapsed, suffering cardiac arrest, according to The Orange County Register. After eight days at UC Irvine Medical Center, her parents announced on Wednesday, July 16th that Morgan had passed away.

At Esperanza Morgan had a  a 4.2 GPA and was the  women’s varsity tennis co-captain.

Morgan had no history of heart problems, according to Esperanza’s women’s tennis booster club president, Judith Tarbell, as reported KTLA.com.   “Rescue crews were able to get her heart started again after using a defibrillator but Wilson did not regain consciousness,” reported The Los Angeles Times.

“Scott and Debbie Wilson wrote in a statement sent out by a spokesman for UCI Medical Center that their daughter’s body decided that it was time to go on that Wednesday afternoon,” reported The Los Angeles Times.

Morgan had been the subject of a prayer circle organized on the school school tennis courts by a former teammate. Many of Morgan’s friends posted pictures of Morgan on social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook under the heading “#pray for Morgan,” according to The Orange County Register.

“Scott and Debbie Wilson wrote in a statement sent out by a spokesperson for UCI Medical Center that their daughter’s body decided that it was time to go on Wednesday afternoon. The y called her a strong passionate girl who loved life and was a role model for other,” reported The Los Angeles Times. 

Morgan Wilson had registered to be an organ donor without her family’s knowing. “Like so many other  things in her life, this reminds us of what a generous and selfless soul she has,” wrote her parents as they were working to donate their daughter’s organs. “Our hope is that they (the organs) will save other people’s lives.”

Scott and Debbie Wilson also wrote that hey believed their daughter would have lived if someone around her at the time of the heart attack had known CPR. “Urging others to learn CPR was the best way to honor Morgan,” they wrote.

The Matador Messenger would like to honor BYMS Morgan Wilson by including the following links and video for learning “hands only cpr” in the hopes that this information may help someone like Morgan in the future.

www.redcross.org/prepare/hands-only-cpr