Man's decision to donate sister's organs gives others 'a really good life' (From St Albans & Harpenden Review)
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St Albans man Lloyd Dalton Brown's decision to donate sister's organs gives others 'a really good life'
When talented artist and musician Jane Dalton Brown’s life was cut short at just 29, her brother was left to make a heart-rending decision about whether to donate her organs.
It was not something Lloyd Dalton Brown, from St Albans had ever discussed with his sister but he thought Jane would have wanted to help others and he spoke to all of her friends who agreed.
That decision has now saved and improved the lives of five people and now, 13 years after her death, Mr Dalton Brown is to receive an award on behalf of his sister to honour the choice he made.
The accolade has been created by the Order of St John and NHS Blood and Transplant.
The father-of-three said: "Jane was a talented, bright and beautiful girl with her whole life ahead of her.
"She was in the wrong place at the wrong time and it could happen to anyone. At first I was angry that such a talented person’s life could be wasted like that and then I realised that by donating her organs, she could do one last wonderful thing."
Jane, who lived south London died after being hit by a lorry in Hackney and suffering fatal head injuries.
In her pocket was a job application form on which she had listed her brother as her next of kin.
This meant that fine arts graduate Jane could be a candidate for organ donation and Mr Dalton Brown was asked for his consent.
Mr Dalton Brown said: "I was the one who had to make decisions for Jane.
"But choosing to donate her organs actually comforted me because I knew something good could come out of something so terrible."
Since his sister’s death, Mr Dalton Brown has been heavily involved in supporting a campaign encouraging those from ethnic minority backgrounds to join the NHS Organ Donor Register.
The latest Organ Donation and Transplantation Activity Report shows three out of 10 patients on the UK’s active kidney transplant waiting list at the end of March 2013 were from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.
However, only 23 per cent of patients who received a kidney transplant during 2012 and 2013 were from these communities.
Mr Dalton Brown, a father of three, said five people had benefited from being given his sister’s organs.
They included a 16-year-old who needed a kidney and a mother-of-two who also needed a kidney and did not think she would live long enough to watch her children, who are now teenagers, grow up.
Today knowing the Jane’s death helped so many others go on to live full lives gives comfort to Mr Dalton Brown.
"It makes me feel better," he said. "Other people have got a really good life because of what she has given them.
"It just makes you realise how lucky you are to be here and how lucky the people are that Jane has helped."
To join the NHS Organ Donor Register visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 2323 or text SAVE to 62323.
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