Donor Hero: Stewart - My Beautiful Son
My beautiful son was only four days short of his 24th birthday when he tragically lost his life as a result of a motorbike accident. He lived life to the full and always loved to help people in need. It is only fitting that he was able to continue help people as a result of his passing.
On the day of his birthday, I received the wonderful news that he had saved six people’s lives with the gift of seven of his organs. It brings me great comfort to hear how the recipients are going when they do write.
Stewart volunteered twice to Uganda and helped so many people over there. I had the opportunity to go over there after he died and volunteered too. I was able to meet some of the people whose lives he touched and it really inspired me to want to follow in his footsteps and continue to help people in need. I also like encouraging families to talk about organ donation and to consider registering. We have no control when it is our time and it is important not to put it off. Below is the letter I shared with his recipients.
Dear Organ recipient,
I am the mother of the beautiful young man who donated his organ(s) to you. I just wanted you to know that it is one of the very few things that have given me strength and comfort in knowing that in some way that my son lives on through you and that through his donation that he has saved so many lives. My son gave fully of himself when he was alive and then gave the gift of life when he passed on.
My beautiful son had dedicated his life to God when he was only in his teens and asked God to use him and he trusted that He would take care of all his needs. He spent a lot of time on missions volunteering to help those in need and also had a sponsor daughter who he had the opportunity to meet. He was on a low wage as he was an apprentice but yet he still donated each month to three worthy charities who also do a lot of work to help people in need. He would work long hours at work and then go out to people’s homes to fix things for them at no cost.
Even on the day he had his accident he had helped his boss, and then fixed the tiles on the roof of the house where his fiancé was renting to stop rain from coming through and then went under the house to fix some plumbing for the owners at the house where he lived. He did all that on a Saturday when most people would be resting.
My beautiful son wanted to make this world a better place and he achieved so much in the short time he was here. I wanted to share a poem I wrote about my beautiful boy.
Every night I cry Will the tears subside? Your cheeky smile It stretched a mile You shone a light Made the world so bright You leant a hand But had no demands Your heart was pure Always had a cure I am so proud Want to scream out loud A love so rich You will be sorely missed!
Please know that it means so much to me that my son helped save your life and that a piece of him lives on in you. I pray that you will continue to live a long and healthy life and am so grateful that you no longer have to suffer from your illness.
God bless you.
I hope reading this will inspire many people to register! 🙂