How Cole Miller's organs helped save young lives
COLE Miller's mum was always onto her children about ensuring they were registered for organ donation.
Now six people owe the former Sunshine Coast teenager, who was tragically killed in a coward punch attack, new life.
Cole's heart is beating in a young boy's chest while his lungs have helped another boy and a young girl to breathe.
His kidneys and liver are providing new life for another three adults, News Corp reports.
Cole's brother Billy told the Courier-Mail that the family smiled when they were asked about organ donation given their mum's oft-stated wishes.
"She was always on our backs, telling us to make sure we had it on our licence.
"We were always saying, 'yeah mum, whatever, as if it's ever going to happen to us'.
Billy told the paper that the news that his little brother had helped six different people live longer, better lives had been wonderful.
"You don't get the specifics but when we found out, we all broke down in tears again," he said.
"To think that at the age of 18, he could save someone else's life - even though we were going through this tragedy with our own family, the fact that we could help someone else was amazing.
"We'll probably never meet that boy, or that little girl. But hopefully she has an extended and joyful life and lives it to her full potential.
"If anything, it's magical. It really is."
The death of Cole Miller has sent shock waves throughout the Sunshine Coast community and across Queensland.
He was described as quiet, timid, beautiful and dedicated.
The 18-year-old lost his fight for life and succumbed to severe brain trauma after he was coward-punched in an unprovoked attack while walking through Brisbane's Fortitude Valley.
Steve Miller said his son, whose legacy would live on as an organ donor, had "struggled bravely" while in the intensive care unit of the Royal Brisbane Hospital.
"Our family and many close friends have been by his bedside since the incident," he said.
"He was a beautiful, brave young man with his whole life yet to be lived."
Cole had worked at the Kawana Aquatic Centre centre, which was co-managed by his father, over many school holidays and weekends as he split his time between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast..
He wanted to follow in his older brother Billy's footsteps in water polo and brother Mitchell in the surf and he idolised his big sister.