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Organs of drug-death teenager Aaron Strong saves nine lives

By Angela Rainey

Published 04/05/2016

The funeral of Aaron Strong makes its way to Corpus Christi Church
The funeral of Aaron Strong makes its way to Corpus Christi Church
Aaron Strong

Heartbroken family and friends have laid to rest a much-loved west Belfast teenager. 

Aaron Strong (18) died on Thursday at the Royal Victoria Hospital, where he had been in a coma for several days. The “kind-hearted” teen, who could “turn his hand to anything mechanical”, had suffered a massive heart attack caused by taking a cocktail of powerful prescription sedatives, bought from street dealers, mixed with alcohol.

Although distraught, his family agreed to donate his organs, which helped save the lives of nine others, as a final act of generosity.

A mass took place yesterday at Corpus Christi Church, the day after his and twin brother Ryan’s 19th birthday, followed by a funeral at Milltown Cemetery.

Mourners carried yellow roses and wore t-shirts in his honour as his mother Annmarie kissed his coffin in a final goodbye.

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