Wife of La Ronge man killed in robbery brought to tears by organ donation letter

CTV NEWS SASKATOON | Angelina Irinici
Cora Laich, left, says the organs of her late husband Simon Grant, pictured beside her, will be donated. Grant died April 17, 2017, less than 48 hours after RCMP in La Ronge, Sask., responded to an armed robbery at his restaurant, Louisiana’s Bar B Que, and found him seriously injured. (Facebook)
The wife of a man who was killed during an armed robbery in La Ronge said she’s “just amazed” with how his donated organs are helping others.

Simon Grant’s organs were donated after his death in April. His wife, Cora Laich, received a letter from The Saskatchewan Transplant Program earlier this month that says how his donation is benefiting others.

Laich said the letter brought tears to her eyes.

“It was almost unbelievable to think … Simon’s organs were in other people’s bodies and that they were living on in their bodies,” Laich told CTV Saskatoon.

The letter said Grant’s lungs, liver and kidneys had all been transplanted successfully. The person who received his lungs is doing well and “in awe of the gift,” according to the letter.

His liver was transplanted successfully and two different people are off dialysis and doing well, thanks to his kidneys being donated. One of kidney recipients was almost impossible to match to a donor kidney but that person was a match with Grant. The letter said it may have been the person's one chance for a new kidney. Continue reading

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