William, donated heart valves to four babies
William Moore was 70 when he collapsed while waiting for a bus home from a physiotherapist appointment.
He had suffered from a cardiac arrest and was taken by ambulance to the local hospital. On the way there his heart had stopped three times but staff were able to bring him round and got him to hospital.
Daughter Angie explains “Dad woke the following day and was even sat up talking to us. We were told he was very lucky. However just 24 hours later Dad got a bad headache and quickly deteriorated. He had an emergency scan and a bleed on his brain was discovered. Sadly, Dad died the following day with all of us at his bedside.”
The family were approached about organ donation. William was not on the NHS Organ Donor Register and had not discussed with his family so they were unsure of his wishes. Angie adds “Dad was such a giving and generous man that me, my Mum and sister all felt he would have wanted to help others.”
Receiving the letter informing us that Dad had helped so many people and the little children put [Mum's] mind at rest that we had done the right thing.
William was able to donate both of his kidneys as well as his corneas and his heart valves. The family have been told that William’s kidneys were able to help two men in their 60’s and 70’s and his corneas helped a younger man in his 20’s and a woman in her 30’s.
William’s heart valves were able to help four babies – two boys and two girls who were all born with congenital heart conditions.
Angie adds “To hear how many people Dad was able to help was amazing but to hear he also helped four babies just blew me away. My Mum had agreed to organ donation but as she had never spoken about it with Dad I think she had niggling doubts.
"Receiving the letter informing us that Dad had helped so many people and the little children put her mind at rest that we had done the right thing. I am so pleased that we agreed to donate, organ donation has bought so much comfort to us and I am full of incredible pride for my wonderful Dad.”