The IRISH Kidney Association has commended the family of Philip McCormack for speaking out about how his organ donations have saved lives.
Mr McCormack, who grew up in Garryowen but lived in Annacotty, was killed in January 2014 following a collision between his bicycle and a car at the Kilmurry roundabout.
His heart, a lung, two kidney and a liver were given to five transplant patients, transforming their lives. The family of Philip, who was known as ‘The Honda 50 man’ and inspired the 11850 adverts, has appealed for others to become organ donors in the event of their death.
The Irish Kidney Association commended Mr McCormack’s family for “not only supporting the life-saving decision to donate his organs but for also actively encouraging others to consider organ donation and ensure that they have the all-important family discussion about it”.
His family has received letters from the people who received his organs, including a 29-year-old man who was in hospital for a year.
Mr McCormack’s sister, Avril Henry told the Irish Examiner: “I got a letter from the young man who got Philip’s heart. He said he was ready to die. He had a massive heart attack and he was in a bed for a year. The letter was heartbreaking, but in a good way.”
Mr McCormack also gave new life to two women in their sixties who received his kidneys; a man in his sixties who got a lung; and a 30-year-old woman who received his liver.
Knowing the difference Mr McCormack’s organs have made to others has been a great help to the family during their grief, said Ms Henry.
“I really hope everyone who reads this will decide to donate their organs, but even if it’s just one person, it will be worth it for whoever gets those organs,” said Ms Henry.
For an organ donor card free text DONOR to 50050 or log onto www.ika.ie for more information