B.C. family consoled that their daughter's organs saved others

VANCOUVER SUN | Gordon McIntyre
From left, Sue Hurn, Jerry Hurn and Briony Hurn hold up a portrait of Amy Hurn. Amy died at age 32, days after being struck by a car in East Vancouver on March 27, 2012, while cycling to her teaching job at Vancouver Technical Secondary. The organs and eyes she donated saved five lives and helped improve the eyesight of others. B.C. TRANSPLANTS / PNG

Sue Hurn thinks about her daughter Amy every day. “That will never change,” she said.

But what helps console Hurn, her husband Jerry and her daughter Briony is that when her eldest daughter died four days after being hit by a car on her bicycle in 2012, Amy’s organs saved the lives of five other people and her corneas helped improve the eyesight of others.

“It provides solace, what solace there is,” Sue Hurn said.

She and Jerry were in Nepal when they got the news. They’d left their car with Amy, hoping she’d drive it at least once in a while, but Amy was an avid and adamant cyclist.

By late March, it’s no longer dark at 7:30 a.m., but it had rained the morning of the 27th in 2012. Taking her usual route to her job as a popular teacher and head of the science department at Vancouver Technical Secondary, Amy was crossing 12th Avenue at Windsor, a cyclist- and pedestrian-controlled intersection, when an eastbound car struck her. Continue reading
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