Saturday, November 21, 2015

Organ donation: ‘I’ve had letters from people Jack helped - I feel part of him lives on’

Stokes Sentinel UK | Kathie McInnes

Debra Boast holds a picture of her son Jack, who died aged 18, but whose organs were used to save the lives of five people

Almost 200 people across the area are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. Here, Kathie McInnes speaks to two families about being donors.

WHEN Debra Boast looks through the letters she's received from grateful families, she has a cry and thinks of her son Jack.

He was just 18-years-old when his life was cut short in a motorbike accident.

Jack, from Bentilee, was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital. But tests confirmed he wouldn't recover and doctors asked his family if they would be willing to donate his organs.

That was back in November 2012, and Jack's organs went on to save the lives of five other people, including a baby girl.

They were patients in desperate need of a new liver, kidney and heart valves.

Debra, from Bentilee, said: "I feel like a part of him is living on. I've had letters and cards off the people who received the organs. They've said how it's changed their lives. Continue reading

 

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