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A mother died trying to save her children in a house fire.  His organ donation helped eight others

A mother died trying to save her children in a house fire. His organ donation helped eight others

(CNN) — A 23-year-old mother who helped save her three children from a house fire has now donated her organs to help eight others, her family and the local coroner say.

Madison Hope Summerville celebrated her 23rd birthday on Feb. 15, three days before her house fire, according to a verified GoFundMe page created by her sister.

Summerville was able to get one of her children out of her mobile home in Spalding County, Georgia, County Fire Operations Chief Michael Byrd told CNN.

Spalding County Fire Chief Rocky White said the boy “screamed for help” and was found by someone at a nearby recycling center.

The man alerted a nearby fire station and fire officials, along with two neighbors, ran to the home and rescued the mother and two children inside, White said.

“The only thing we had to do was get the kids out,” Bradley Wright, one of the neighbors who responded to the fire, told CNN affiliate WSB.

“So (she) opens the door and takes the first baby out and I did CPR for about 10 minutes,” Wright said. “I had kids that age, and I only knew what any parent would do: jump into action and make sure the kids were OK.”

Summerville refused to leave the house until all her children were safely outside, WSB reported, citing family members.

He died of smoke inhalation a day after the fire, Spalding County Coroner Michael Pryor said. Summerville is an organ donor and with her donation she “helped eight other people,” Pryor said.

“She was incredible in trying to get her kids out… it basically cost her her life,” Pryor added.

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Summerville's sister described her as “an amazing mother, wife, sister, daughter and friend” on the GoFundMe page.

“He loved spending time with his children and his nieces and nephews, and he loved to fish, rain or shine,” according to the page. “Madison was a happy person who made you smile instantly.”

The fundraiser was organized to cover Summerville's funeral expenses, his sister said. It has grossed more than $23,000 as of Thursday night.

According to WSB, authorities have not said what caused the house fire, saying it was accidental.
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