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Family recalls a most unselfish boy -- themorningcall.com

There are 18 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jul 23, 2007, titled Family recalls a most unselfish boy -- themorningcall.com. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Nearly one year after 7-year-old Jamal Pongracz fell off the roof of a house next door to his Allentown home, family and friends gathered at his grave Sunday to remember the life of a boy whose generous spirit ...

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ronlana

United States

#1 Jul 23, 2007
Its a wonderful thing to have given the childs organs away to help others,but this whole situation bothers me to say-WHERE WERE THE PARENTS! No chidren should be out on a second floor roof playing. The articles says the city needs to find ways to stop falling deaths.No,the answer is -parents bring children into this world and they need to teach them and protect them.They try to make this article sound so wonderful when in fact its sad and could have easily been prevented.
Ralph

Sparta, NJ

#2 Jul 23, 2007
I din't understand The City's involvement either. Huh? Why would Allentown need to waste their money to "stop falling deaths"?!?! Um, what needs to be done is simple. Parents need to be GOOD parents. That poor boy was never taught the dangers of going onto a roof.

Poor little guy.

I am thrilled that they donated his organs. I hope they can teach others to follow that path.
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#3 Jul 23, 2007
It's really sad when a childs' life is cut so short. As far as kids falling from windows, here in 2 counties in Maryland, we've had 4 kids fall from windows in the past 2 months; the latest one was this weekend. Granted, little kids can get into trouble very quickly, but parents need to be extra vigilant in keeping their children as safe as possible. My prayers are with this little boy.
Parenting Skills

United States

#5 Jul 23, 2007
Jamal..."may you rest in peace!"

I too have to agree, "where were his parents?"

Even though his organs were donated and the story has a happy ending for someone in need of a heart, "my heart hurts" for this poor little boy over this tragic accident. Sometimes I have to stop and think about why are so many children being born to such irresponsible parents. You cannot undo something like this, but this definately could have been prevented.

P.S. The picture of the dad kneeling at the tombstone, is not all all touching..it's rather disturbing...where was he the day of the fall?
ronlana

United States

#6 Jul 23, 2007
I just wanted to respond to the one write in about Maryland. This poor little boy did'nt accidently fall from a window. He was out on the second floor roof of his house with 4 other boys playing unattended. No responsible parents to teach a second grader that little children don't belong there. It's just so tragic.
Voice of the LV

Jim Thorpe, PA

#7 Jul 23, 2007
More people should consider donating organs, it is a gift of life for those who receive the organs.

“smarty pants”

Since: Apr 07

Bethlehem, PA

#8 Jul 23, 2007
For those of you who are blaming the parents- What were you doing when you were 7 years old? Did you go outside and play in your yard without your parents hovering over your every move? Were older siblings put in charge of watching you while your parents did household chores? Do you watch every move your 2nd or 3rd grader makes? When they get out of bed at 5 AM on a Saturday morning and you want to sleep longer, do you get up with them or do you tell them to go watch cartoons until you get out of bed?

Perhaps this boy didn't have a yard. Maybe the rooftop was his only place to play.

This was a terrible tragedy. An accident. These parents lost something that they will never get back, but they unselfishly gave his organs so that other children could live.
Unbelievable

Quakertown, PA

#9 Jul 23, 2007
For those of you have asked the question, "Where were his parents" or have said that his parents were irresponsible....come on! The article states that he fell off of the roof of the house next to his, not his own house. Regardless, that doesn't matter. This article was written to celebrate the memory of a wonderful little boy and how precious it is that even when faced with this horrific tragedy, his family decided to give life to 4 other people. Rather than trashing his parents, as if they probably don't replay the day over and over in their heads, you people sit around and question their whereabouts. Focus on the true blessing that this article can provide to others, rather than pointing out the shortcomings of others. I'm sure many of you that wrote the comments have done things wrong and would like to turn back time. Would you really like someone, especially a stranger, making you feel even more horrible about it than you already do?
caroline

Lafayette, NJ

#10 Jul 23, 2007
i just read this article and i just love all these people who are upset with the where abouts of the parents when this accident took place...
these parents will be guilt ridden for the rest of their lives ..who died and made anybody "god" to judge these people???
monday morning quarterbacking ..thats what it is..i am the mother of 2 kids and i can assure you that eventhough i kept a close eye on them when they were younger..accidents happen..would i let my 7 y/o play on a roof??..probably not ,however right now this boy's mother and father are experiencing a pain that you and i could probably never imagine until something like that happens to us...i am very happy that jamal's organs have saved several lives...remember, there is a plan for each and everyone of us in this world decided by a higher power ,no matter what that is...for jamal it was his giving nature ...thats why now people are living through him..he knew you cant take your organs to heaven ,but rather leave them here to save another child!
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#11 Jul 23, 2007
ronlana wrote:
I just wanted to respond to the one write in about Maryland. This poor little boy did'nt accidently fall from a window. He was out on the second floor roof of his house with 4 other boys playing unattended. No responsible parents to teach a second grader that little children don't belong there. It's just so tragic.
Yes, I realize that; I was mostly responding to the part of the article which addressed little ones who had fallen out of windows. I'm not "judging" the parents in this or any other case; simply stating that when you have little kids, parents need to keep both eyes open, as kids will get into trouble very quickly. I feel so badly that this little guy died, but how wonderful that he "lives on" in others, God rest his little soul.
blaze

Lubbock, TX

#12 Jul 23, 2007
I agree with the writer who said this article was written in memory the the child, not to re condemn his parents. Children can be taught lessons, but unless they embody them and unless they are hovered over 24/7, things are going to happen, sometimes tragic things such as this. I am sure these parents live with the remorse and what ifs and if onlys ever day of their lives...they don't need to be re- condemned! We all wish we could redo some things in our lives.. I'm sure they do as well... may God grant them peace and the child mercy.
JMS

Wilkes Barre, PA

#13 Jul 23, 2007
That poor little guy.
Why is it that these incidents eem to happen more often i inner city neighborhoods where socioeconomic status is low and parents are not as involved as tehy should be. You don't hear about children falling off the roof of a million dollar home?
knowledge

Baltimore, MD

#14 Jul 23, 2007
caroline wrote:
i just read this article and i just love all these people who are upset with the where abouts of the parents when this accident took place...
these parents will be guilt ridden for the rest of their lives ..who died and made anybody "god" to judge these people???
monday morning quarterbacking ..thats what it is..i am the mother of 2 kids and i can assure you that eventhough i kept a close eye on them when they were younger..accidents happen..would i let my 7 y/o play on a roof??..probably not ,however right now this boy's mother and father are experiencing a pain that you and i could probably never imagine until something like that happens to us...i am very happy that jamal's organs have saved several lives...remember, there is a plan for each and everyone of us in this world decided by a higher power ,no matter what that is...for jamal it was his giving nature ...thats why now people are living through him..he knew you cant take your organs to heaven ,but rather leave them here to save another child!
I could not have said it better myself. Accidents happen. In life, we all make bad choice so who are we to comment. This family is hurting. From a "faith-based" perspective, this was the inevitable. There was nothing that the parents or anyone else could have done to make a difference. All steps have been ordered....and not one man on earth has the power to change them.

Since: Mar 07

Chicago, IL

#15 Jul 23, 2007
Unbeleivable, thank you for that post.
reader

Bethlehem, PA

#16 Jul 23, 2007
Maybe a grandma or other babysitter was in charge while both parents were at work. Maybe the adult in charge was in the bathroom or preparing lunch. We can't automatically assume carelessness. We can't assume anything. We weren't there. We don't know all of the circumstances. We haven't walked in their shoes.
JMS wrote:
That poor little guy.
Why is it that these incidents eem to happen more often i inner city neighborhoods where socioeconomic status is low and parents are not as involved as tehy should be. You don't hear about children falling off the roof of a million dollar home?
Interested

Allentown, PA

#17 Jul 23, 2007
The father was in jail! If my memory is correct the mother was at home. This is a tragic accident but I can guarantee my 6 year old knows better that to play on a roof!!
melissa torruella

AOL

#18 Jul 23, 2007
i never could get over my sons dealth. i was pregnant and he died. its going on 2 years aug 3rd. i hate it i cry all the time. i feel so sorry for you i hope you arfe all feeling him in your heart like i do. when i read your story i had tears in my eyes.
Tragic maybe

Ardsley, NY

#19 Sep 4, 2012
This little boys father was in prison & his mother was home, inside her home. It's a very sad situation & I know for a fact that this was for sure irresponsibility! I have a friend that knows the family. Anyhow, that is not the point, the point was that they gathered to remember him & that they donated his organs to others that needed them because that's what the little boy would have wanted. I'm sure that his parents suffer every day but then again they should have known where he was. It was very unavoidable. I feel sorry for them because I am a mother but I know where my child is at all times. I'm not one to judge & really the only ones that will truly understand what happened to this little boy that day are the kids that were on the roof with him. Rest in Peace

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