My donor family did an incredible thing, says organ donation recipient

Midland News Express and Star

Jordan with his mum Zoe (right), and Fiona Barrett (left) who donated her son Ryan's liver ten years ago

It is thanks to the generosity of 11-year-old Ryan Barrett and his family that Jordan is now a healthy 18-year-old man, who scored straight As in his A-levels and is preparing to study medicine at the University of Liverpool.

And Jordan has also become a big part of Ryan’s family, bringing them huge comfort as they continue to grieve for their son.

Ryan’s parents agreed to donate their son’s organs during what was a time of desperate heartache. He had died suddenly from an unexpected brain aneurysm but the family agreed he would have wanted to save the life of another.

At the time Jordan, who lives in King Charles Way, Bridgnorth, with parents Zoe and Paul, was suffering from Wilson’s disease, a rare recessive genetic disorder that causes liver disease.

The degradation of the liver goes on to cause neurological and psychiatric systems, none of which Jordan had previously displayed before he suddenly fell ill. Continue reading