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Thursday, 10 July 2014

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Barrow family honoured for son who gave life to others

THE family of a Barrow war hero who was fatally wounded in battle were recognised for allowing his organs to be donated – ahead of the first Christmas since their loss.

Kingsman Dave Shaw, of 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, was shot by insurgents in Afghanistan in January.

He was flown from Camp Bastion to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, but died from his injuries.

Parents David and Jenny Shaw, of Flass Meadows, Barrow, then took the difficult decision to donate their 23-year-old son’s organs – saving the lives of four seriously-ill patients. Their decision was honoured with a new award by global healthcare charity the Order of St John alongside NHS Blood and Transplant.

Mr Shaw said: “David has changed four people’s lives, with three of them absolutely life-changing. It just makes you feel proud for what he has done to help others.”

Mr Shaw said the family’s first Christmas since his death would be “strange.”

“It’s not going to be the easiest of times, but that is to be expected. It’s kind of a double-edged sword; on the one hand you have got your usual Christmas stuff but then you think of David not being here and that will be difficult.”

Mr and Mrs Shaw, accompanied by their children, were presented with his organ donor award at Villa Park, Birmingham, by the Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Paul Sabapathy.

The Shaws were among 30 donor families recognised at the event.

Mr Shaw said: “The award is recognition for what David did, and that is good because it is more about the donor.

“Organ donation was mentioned when David was in hospital so we discussed it as a family. I found it easier than I would have imagined because I thought of the recipients and how we would feel if we were in need of a donor.”

The Reverend John Davis from the Order of St John, said: “We felt it was important to say thank you to the families whose loved ones have already donated their organs.”

Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We hope receiving this new award will mean a great deal to those who have lost someone close to them and also give them renewed pride in their decision to agree to donation.”

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Bless you All! Our thanks will never be enough, but our hearts & thoughts are with you always!

Posted by Wally! on 25 December 2013 at 00:52

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