TODAY SEES THE end of Organ Donation Awareness Week. But this is a donation story with a difference.
Ray’s story is heavily entwined with organ donation – but he neither donated an organ nor received a transplant. He donated his wife’s organs and saved three lives in the process.
Married for six years, Ray and Helen (not their real names) had their world torn asunder in one moment late last year.
Helen had returned home one afternoon from walking the dogs. It was 2.10pm. She went to take off her shoes – when Ray turned to her the top half of her face had suddenly convulsed. A nurse, he knew instantly what that meant.
“When you see the upper third of the face go like that you know it’ll likely be a bleed on the brain,” he says.
Helen had suffered a devastating brain haemorrhage. From the moment it happened Ray knew what the likely outcome would be. Continue reading
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