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Franklin teen on life support; organ donation planned

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Friends and family are saying goodbye to a second Franklin teen.

Michael Chadbourne, 16, is on life support while preparations are being made to donate his organs, Marion County Coroner office manager Marchele Hall said. Chadbourne has been in critical condition at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis since Friday afternoon.

Chadbourne and three other teens, Jason Moran, 17, Mark Nally, 18, and Trent Crabb, 17, all went over the Big Blue River dam in Edinburgh on Friday trying to help their friend, 16-year-old Sarah McLevish, who was swept over the dam while the group was swimming.

Moran, Chadbourne and McLevish were all overtaken and pulled under the fast-moving water. Chadbourne and McLevish resurfaced and were pulled to land by Nally and Crabb, who escaped the water. Neither Chadbourne nor McLevish were breathing or had a pulse when they were pulled to land, and they were given CPR until an ambulance arrived.

Moran did not resurface, and his body was recovered from the base of the dam on Sunday.

McLevish remained in critical condition on Monday.

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