'She was always my buddy for everything': Jupiter Paulsen's family raises organ donation flag in her honor
FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The organ donation flag was raised Wednesday morning outside of Sanford Hospital in Fargo to honor 14-year-old Jupiter Paulsen. Jupiter was taken off life support on Tuesday, her father said. Life Source is taking her remains to ensure she lives on through organ donation.
“It means the world to me that part of her is going to be out in the world saving lives and to be able to share that with somebody, to be able to help somebody, she would have loved that, she would have wanted that. So her wishes are also my wishes.” said Antonia Johnson, Jupiter’s mother.
According to her mother, if it wasn’t for the sanitation worker that found Jupiter, they may not have been able to save her organs. Johnson said that he made the 911 call and performed CPR.
“If he hadn’t, she wouldn’t have been able to donate. He gave her some life, we were able to see her right after it happened and talk to her and he gave us a little more time.” said Johnson.
Nearly 40 people gathered outside Sanford to watch the raising of the “donate life” flag. The flag was filled with messages of thanks and hope for Jupiter and her family.
“She could walk into a room and if you were not feeling good it was, ‘Mom, Mom, Momma, Mom, Mom,’ until I would smile and she would smile and go, ‘I love you.” said Johnson.
“Her presence. Because me and her share a room and just her being there was the most amazing thing,” said Phoenix Paulsen, Jupiter’s older sister. “Like I know I’m not alone, she was always right next to me.”
Jupiter was in the hospital in serious condition for several days after being assaulted and stabbed more than 20 times on June 4 in south Fargo. Now the family looks to pick up the pieces, trying to make sense of what happened and how to move forward.
“She was always my buddy for everything. She would be the first person I would want to talk to. She was my rock.” said Paulsen.
According to Robert Paulsen, her father
You can read our previous coverage of the assault here:
- 14-year-old passes away after brutal assault in Fargo; State’s Attorney looks to increase charges
- Father of 14-year-old assault victim says daughter may not make it if taken off ventilator
- 14-year-old brutally assaulted in Fargo
- Records: Suspect says he was high on meth during brutal stabbing of teen girl
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