Grantham family receives posthumous award for life-saving organ donor

At the The Order of St John award for Organ Donation are, from left, Luke Fahey's brother Dale, wife Sharran, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Toby Dennis, father David and mother Gillian. Photo: Ralph Marshall
At the The Order of St John award for Organ Donation are, from left, Luke Fahey's brother Dale, wife Sharran, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Toby Dennis, father David and mother Gillian. Photo: Ralph Marshall
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An award has been presented to the family of a man who died aged 26 and whose donated kidney saved the life of another.

The family of Luke Fahey were presented with The Order of St John award for Organ Donation, run in conjunction with NHS Blood and Transplant. It is presented to the families and loved ones of those who saved and improved people’s lives through organ donation.

Luke Fahey.

Luke Fahey.

Luke died suddenly last year following a run. He collapsed in the driveway of his home in Harrowby Lane, Grantham. He was stabilised in Grantham Hospital and then taken to Lincoln. During a week in intensive care, his organs began to fail and the decision was taken to stop life support on April 18.

After receiving the posthumous award, Luke’s wife 
Sharran said: “Words can’t describe the feeling I have inside me to receive this on behalf of my husband. In life he was selfless and in death that carried on. Receiving this award was totally overwhelming. I’m so amazingly proud of my husband and only now I hope this raises awareness to many other families to register because believe me it helps with the grieving process in many ways.”

Sharran, pictured attended the awards ceremony in Scunthorpe with Luke’s mother and father, Gillian and David, pictured right, and brother Dale, left.

The private ceremony was held at Normanby Hall, Scunthorpe, with the awards presented by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Toby Dennis, pictured centre. Luke is pictured, inset.

A spokesman for the Order of St John said: “NHS Blood and Transplant and the Order of St John are keen to recognise the incredible gift that donors and their families have made by donating their organs to give hope and save and improve the lives of others.”

Between April 2014 and March 2015, the number of deceased organ donors in the UK dropped for the first time in 11 years. Despite this fall, the Order of St John honours the 1,282 people in the UK who donated their organs after death, leading to thousands of patients’ lives being saved or transformed.