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Tragedy of man’s death after offer of kidney donation

The partner of a man suffering from multi-organ failure was hoping to donate a kidney to him when he died suddenly, an inquest has heard.

The hearing into the death of David Stockman (55) heard details of the last conversation between the cabbie and his partner of 12 years, Olga Allport, hours before he suffered a massive respiratory and cardiac arrest, in which he told her he loved her.

Ms Allport and relatives of Mr Stockman told Belfast Coroner’s Court they had no idea he was gravely ill at the time of his death in June 2008 and were making plans for his return home from hospital. Ms Allport was on the Bangor to Belfast train on her way to see her partner when she spoke to staff at Belfast City Hospital who told her Mr Stockman, from Donaghadee, had died.

The inquest was told Mr Stockman, a divorced father-of-two, was transferred to the City Hospital on June 11, 2008. His condition deteriorated quickly and despite desperate attempts to save him he was declared dead.

Coroner Suzanne Anderson altered the cause of death to multi-organ failure due to pulmonary odeama — an accumulation of fluid in the lungs.

She also included pneumonia, infection, kidney failure, heart failure and acute respiratory distress syndrome as contributing factors to his death.

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