Frederick family calls mistaken death of son "a miracle"

Oklahoma City_What may have been a mistake at a Texas hospital is being called a miracle by the parents of a Frederick man who was critically injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident.

For more than six hours on Monday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol classified Zack Dunlap as the state's 610th motor vehicle fatality of the year.  Troopers removed Dunlap's name from the list the same day after learning he showed signs of life shortly before his organs were to be harvested for transplant.

After Saturday's accident, the 21-year-old was flown to United Regional Healthcare system in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he was placed on life support.  The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says doctors pronounced him dead at 11:10 a.m. Monday, but as a worker was removing tubes from Dunlap's body in preparation for medical personnel to remove his organs, Dunlap reached out and touched a nurse's arm.

A spokeswoman for the hospital says Dunlap remains in critical condition and on life support, surrounded by family and friends as he recovers from serious head and internal injuries.

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