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Early Sunday morning around 12am Matthew was at his home alone in Grand Forks ND right off of the UND campus. We are unsure on how the fire started but there were very few flames and mostly just very heavy smoke. The timeline of events and all that happened when Matt was alone is very foggy but we know that when Ryan Nelson returned home around 2:40am he could see the smoke in the windows and immediately ran to the back of house where Matt's room is and broke the window by throwing a brick, Ryan climbed inside but when he couldn't find Matt on his bed he didn't give up. Ryan climbed back out the window and went back to the front door forcing his way through the heavy smoke on his hands and knees and searched for Matt until he finally found him. Ryan carried Matt out of the house and when he realized there was no heart beat, he gave Matt CPR and mouth to mouth until he got his heart to start beating again. When the two boys got to the hospital in Grand Forks Matt went into cardiac arrest again. After this, Matt was immediately transported by air to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis for the best care the mid west can offer. Since he's been in Minneapolis he has been in the hyperbaric chamber to get the CO2 out of his lungs. And ever since that he's been in the medical ICU fighting for his life. We appreciate the love and support from all of you more than you know. All we ask is that you don't stop praying because we all know Matt won't stop fighting.

Jared Cheryl and Casey

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Cheryl Heisler posted a new journal entry, "Everyone is invited ".

In honor of Matt's choice to give the gift of life through donating his organs to save the lives of over 60 people, there will be a flag raising ceremony at 4pm today at ... Read more

stephanie nottestad signed Matt's Guestbook.

Jared, I just heard of your tragic loss.  We wanted to express our sympathy for you and your family.  From all the tributes and notes, your son was an amazing young ... Read more

AJ DuPlessis signed Matt's Guestbook.

There are many words one could use to describe your beloved son, Matt, but I would choose the word "beautiful". I remember meeting Matt when he and I were both very young. ... Read more

Andy DuPlessis signed Matt's Guestbook.

The first time we met Matt, we were struck by his innocent charm and youthful enthusiasm. He had an angelic face that warmed our hearts. Matt had a mischievous sense of ... Read more

Elaine Savick signed Matt's Guestbook.

Matt's generous gift has allowed my friend L to receive a desperately needed kidney. Now she will be able to greet her first grandchild this summer.Thank you to all the ... Read more

Gloria Rice signed Matt's Guestbook.

I am at a loss for words, but I will try anyway. My friend L received one of Matt's kidneys yesterday.  She has been on dialysis for 4 years-since she was in her early ... Read more

Just another MN mom signed Matt's Guestbook.

The donate life flag was raised in honor of my daughter, Erin on January 6, 2014 at HCMC.  Like Matt, my daughter's "gifts" brought new life to many people...one of her ... Read more

Bob, Kay and Gordon Kappers signed Matt's Guestbook.

Bob, Kay and Gordon Kappers wish to extend our deepest sympathy to your family.  Gordon has just finished playing ball in Tucson, AZ.  He will be back in time for the ... Read more

John Reinhardt signed Matt's Guestbook.

The donor flag raising was a wonderful tribute for Matt. It's a small consolation for you and a very big deal for the many recipients and their friends and family's. ... Read more

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