Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Organs of Tyrone hit and run victim are donated

The mother of a murdered Co Tyrone man has spoken of her hope his death will bring life to others after many of his organs were donated for transplant.

Declan (Bill) Quinn's grief- stricken mother Veronica says she hopes her son's decision to donate his organs will bring the gift of "hope and life" to people waiting for transplant operations.

Mr Quinn died in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital on Monday night with his family gathered at his bedside.

The 37-year-old was taken to the hospital after being struck in a hit-and-run accident at Gortgonis Road, Coalisland, at around 10am on Saturday.

Police investigating his death have launched a murder inquiry.

In the hours after Mr Quinn's death a team of medics flown from Newcastle worked to remove a number of organs including his lungs, heart, liver, pancreas, both kidneys and his eyes.

These have since been flown to England where they will given to seriously ill people desperate for vital transplant surgery.

As the dead man's mother waited for the return of his remains to her Coalisland home last night, she said she has mixed emotions.

She said: "It makes me happy and sad. But I'm happy that somebody out there will get some good out of the whole thing."

His death is the second tragedy to strike the Quinn family in recent years.

The dead man's brother Damien (30) died after a road accident in the same town in December 2005.

It is understood Mr Quinn took the decision to register as a donor after his brother's death.

A 21-year-old man was arrested yesterday in connection with Mr Quinn's death.

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