Music and love in the wake of N.L. organ donor advocate's death

THE TELEGRAM | Josh Healey
Jamie Wilkinson and Heather Lannon during a photo shoot the couple held in Toronto while they waited for a donor heart for Jamie. Jamie died after unsuccessful transplant surgery May 23.
After years of battling a rare heart condition, Jamie Wilkinson’s final moments played out in a Toronto hospital far from his native Newfoundland.

His wife, Heather Lannon, was faithfully at his side as two doctors prepared to take him off life support. The date was May 23.

As they prepared to turn off the myriad of machines, one of the doctors suggested playing some music — fitting given that Jamie was a musician, a drummer by nature.

Heather pulled Jamie’s phone out of her pocket and picked one of her husband’s playlists.

The Beatles’ joyful “Twist and Shout” blared from the speakers as Jamie’s heart slowed and ultimately stopped.

Heather said that although the song was upbeat, she wouldn’t have had it any other way.

“That’s what came on and we went with it,” she said.

Jamie loved the Beatles.
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