Kim Pham, Severely Beaten, Only on Life Support for Organ Donation

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Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 04:38 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Kim Pham, a 23-year-old woman severely beaten outside a popular Santa Ana, Calif., nightclub, is on life support only to donate her organs, her sister said Tuesday. Police have arrested one woman and are looking for four other people in connection with the attack.

Pham was “kicked and punched to the point that she was unconscious when officers arrived,” a police spokesman told the Los Angeles Times.

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Pham’s sister, Katie Nguyen, wrote on Facebook Tuesday, “Our beloved sister, daughter and friend Kim (Annie) Pham passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 12:36 PM. Kim is currently on life support because her wishes had always been to help others by being an organ donor. At this time, we ask for privacy to mourn our loss.”

In a separate post, Nguyen said “doctors all confirmed that Kim is brain dead.”

The woman who was arrested has not been identified by police, the Times said. Authorities are using video taken on the scene and are asking anyone else who might have video to please turn it in.

“The subsequent investigation revealed the victim was waiting to enter a downtown establishment with her friends when an argument ensued with another group of patrons. The argument escalated into a physical altercation which resulted in the victim being injured,” a police media advisory said.

The Times identified the nightclub as the Crosby in the historic district.

Nguyen said on Facebook that her family remains at Pham’s bedside, praying for her. She also asked friends and family in a post to delete any reference to fundraising links that have popped up wanting to collect money to support the family. “My family do not want any donations. We will refund everything so please please pass on the word. There was and is a misunderstanding,” Nguyen wrote.

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