Ryan Arnold: Before & after videos about man who died after liver donation for brother Chad

As if the story of Ryan Arnold, the South Dakota man who

died at the University of Colorado Hospital

after donating part of his liver to his brother, Chad, wasn't sad enough already...

Rod Arnold, Ryan's brother, had a Vimeo account prior to Ryan's death, and he posted a video that captures Ryan and Chad embracing before the surgery. That's followed by seven others from Ryan's memorial service.

Another heart-rending image: this Christmas card shot of Ryan and his family...

The photo is included on RyanArnold.org, a website set up by Ryan's family to honor his sacrifice and collect funds for the children he's left behind. (To donate online, click here.) The site links to a CaringBridge.org page loaded with heartfelt tributes and a link to the videos on view below. The juxtaposition of the videos made before the tragedy with those recorded afterward puts the tragedy in stark relief:

Ryan and Chad - pre-surgery brotherhood from the arnold family on Vimeo.

Rev. Steve Ferguson from the arnold family on Vimeo.

Dustin Strande from the arnold family on Vimeo.

Zach Kelm from the arnold family on Vimeo.

Dr. Allen West from the arnold family on Vimeo.

Barry Poppen from the arnold family on Vimeo.

Robb Arnold from the arnold family on Vimeo.

Rod Arnold from the arnold family on Vimeo.

Note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly implied that the Vimeo account belonged to the Ryan Arnold family, not to Rod Arnold, and included two since-removed clips featuring Rod's children, not Ryan's. We apologize for the error.

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