‘His memory will live on through donation’

Gwen and Robert Stott with the posthumous award for their son Shane. Picture: Paul Jacobs (143304-2)
Gwen and Robert Stott with the posthumous award for their son Shane. Picture: Paul Jacobs (143304-2)

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HIS parents wanted to ensure their son’s memory lived on through others.

That’s why Robert and Gwen Stott decided to donate their son’s organs to others who would benefit from them.

18/11/14    ''Gwen and Robert Stott of Portsmouth have recieved a posthumous award for their son Shane whose organs were donated when he died.'Shane pictured PPP-141118-160737001

18/11/14 ''Gwen and Robert Stott of Portsmouth have recieved a posthumous award for their son Shane whose organs were donated when he died.'Shane pictured PPP-141118-160737001

Shane Stott, 38, (pictured), died in July 2012, after suffering an aneurysm.

His parents, of Crown Street, Landport, donated his liver and heart, which have since been used to give three people a chance of life.

Mr Stott, 71, said: ‘One heart valve went to a baby, another to a 41-year-old woman and a 70-year-old woman had his liver.

‘Shane was a happy-go-lucky son and we feel like he’s living on now through others and helping them, which is why we decided to have his organs donated.’

Shane, along with other posthumous donors, was honoured at a ceremony in Winchester, where their families were given a medal and a certificate on behalf of their loved one.

Mrs Stott, 64, said: ‘We’re very honoured to receive this award in Shane’s memory.

‘We’re glad he’s helping out others.’

The Order of St John award for Organ Donation, run with NHS Blood and Transplant, was given to the families.

Tim Weale, chairman of the Hampshire County Priory Group of the Order of St John, said: ‘Donation can clearly save lives and it’s also important to say thank you to the families whose loved ones have already donated their organs.

‘We hope the example they have set will encourage more to follow and agree to become an organ donor.’

To join the NHS Organ Donor Register visit organdonation.nhs.uk.

Or you can call 0300 123 2323 or text SAVE to 62323.