A North Lynn man helped save the life of a five-year-old girl after agreeing to the donation of his dying mother’s organs following a heart attack last year.
Lee Scott, 35, was left reeling by the death of his mother, Lynette, but said that knowing her death had helped save the lives of others, in turn helped his family to grieve their loss.
Speaking to mark this week’s National Transplant Week, he said: “It’s an amazing feeling to know you’ve saved a life and helping that little girl made all the pain worth it. It really helps to numb the pain and helps you to progress after they are gone.”
Lee’s mother donated her heart valves and kidneys in February 2013, her kidneys were unsuitable for transplant but were used for research study at Addenbrooke’s hospital.
Lee said: “It was a sudden thing, she had been ill but not life-threateningly, we thought she had a cold and when she saw a doctor he said she had a chest infection.
“Hours later she was being rushed to hospital and had a heart attack in the ambulance. Two days later, the hospital told us she wasn’t going to make it and asked about donating her organs.”
Lee and his family made the decision without hesitation to allow doctors to take their mother’s organs in the hope of helping those in desperate need.
He said: “It was just the natural thing to do. She had always been a helpful and generous person and would do anything for anyone. It just seemed right and she’d want to help people, so we let them take everything apart from her eyes.”
The family received an olive tree from the hospital in memory of Lynette, and they were also presented with an award from St John’s Ambulance for donating organs.
Lee said: “It turned the dark into a bit of light for us. It really helped to think that a part of my mum, and her heart was the most important part of her, was still out there.
“It’s just a shame they couldn’t use more of her organs, but at least we know that they will be helping to train up future doctors.”