Mick and Natalie’s son sadly died of a brain haemorrhage in 2004, aged 8. He gave the gift of life to three people, who received a kidney, liver and heart valves.
Mick and Natalie’s son sadly died of a brain haemorrhage in 2004, aged 8. They had come back from holiday and, the following morning, he complained of a headache and feeling unwell. He was sick in the bathroom and then collapsed. Mick and Natalie immediately called for an ambulance.
At the hospital, their son had a seizure and was transferred to another hospital. They were later told that he;d had a serious brain haemorrhage and would need surgery. Sadly, he never recovered from the surgery. A brain haemorrhage is a serious, potentially life-threatening, condition where blood leaks out of blood vessels over the surface of the brain.
After some thought, Mick and Natalie consented to organ donation. Soon afterwards, the specialist nurse [donor coordinator] visited them at home and let them know that their son’s kidney, liver and heart valves had been donated. They later received letters from the recipients.
Sadly, the day after their son’s funeral, Natalie’s mother died. Through their GP, they had some bereavement counselling which they found very supportive. Both Mick and Natalie found that they were making small mistakes and getting forgetful, but the counsellor reassured them that this was normal under the circumstances. Mick and Natalie were also concerned about their younger son, who was five at the time. They would have liked some bereavement counselling for him in the local area but, unfortunately, this was not available at the time.
The bereavement counsellor also told Mick and Natalie about the Donor Family Network, and they later attended some of their events. The Donor Family Network is a charity run by donor families that aims to support donor families and promote organ and tissue donation (http’//www. Donorfamilynetwork. Co. Uk/).
Mick and Natalie said they had received a lot of support. They were particularly grateful to have had the opportunity to meet and talk with other people who had been through something similar.