Two weeks before he was set to come home, 22-year-old Army Ranger Ben Kopp, of Minneapolis, was mortally wounded during a firefight in Afghanistan. Koop died July 18 at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington,D.C., and was later buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Yet, because he was an organ donor, Kopp was able to save even more lives after he lost his own. As many as 75 lives may be saved, prolonged or enriched due to transplants of his organs, tissue and bones. CBS’ Harry Smith interviewed Kopp’s mother and a woman whose life he saved.