ROBBINSDALE. (AP) -- Two-year-old Mark Ostendorf died Monday when he was taken off of life support, seven days after an ice accident that killed two of his brothers, a hospital spokeswoman said.
The boy died at North Memorial Medical Center with his family present. The family made the decision to take Mark off of life support and donate his organs to children who need transplants.
"It's just a tragedy that happened to us," said Tom Connors, a spokesman for the family.
Of the chance to help other children, he said: "There's parents that are crying right now on the phone saying, 'You know what, this is the miracle we were praying for.' And it's nice that we could be a small part of that."
Funeral arrangements for Mark were pending.
The family held a funeral Saturday for his brothers, Shawn, 5, and Cody, 6, who died hours after they broke through the thin ice covering a pond behind their house near St. Francis in rural Anoka County last Tuesday.
The mother found her sons in the water after she noticed them missing and failed to find them at their neighbors.
Shawn and Cody died from hypothermia and accidental drowning, the Hennepin County medical examiner's office said.
Their parents, Ron and Marie Ostendorf, have a fourth son, Cole, 8, who was not involved in the accident.
The accident led the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to issue an ice danger warning for parents. With the Thanksgiving break approaching for students, the DNR urged parents to warn their children to stay off of frozen water.
The DNR said five people died in ice accidents in Minnesota last winter. The highest number of ice deaths recorded in Minnesota was 22 in the winter of 1982-83, the DNR said.
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