Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Devastated family of crash girl donate her organs to save child

The life of a child has been saved after the organs of a young woman who died in a car accident in Co Armagh were donated.

Katherine Kelley lost her life after she was in a car that crashed near Portadown on Saturday.

The 21-year-old died from her injuries in hospital on Sunday.

Police said a single vehicle was involved in the accident.

Three men and two women, aged between 18 and 21, were in the car at the time of the accident.

A 19-year-old woman and 18-year-old man are still being treated in hospital.

Local councillor Darryn Causby, who is a friend of the family, said that they have been left “devastated”.

“We have a family who are absolutely devastated,” he said.

“What is our concern is the grief and the loss that they have suffered.”

Mr Causby visited the family home on Monday along with the mayor of Craigavon Carla Lockhart and MP for the area, David Simpson.

The DUP councillor spoke with her mother Kathy.

“She donated her organs, that has already saved the life of a young child and the family are immensely proud of her for that,” he said.

Hundreds of messages have been left on Katherine’s Facebook site.

“They had 400 comments on her Facebook site alone,” Mr Causby said.

He added that her death has left the community in “deep shock”.

Condolences were also paid by Southern Regional College, where Katherine had previously studied.

A statement said: “The staff and students of Southern Regional College are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Katherine who has undertaken many courses at the college.

“All at Southern Regional College wish to send their deepest condolences to Katherine’s family at this very sad time.”

Police have appealed for witnesses to the incident to contact them on 0845 600 8000.

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