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Family of Tyrone man Shane Conway take comfort his organs will help others

The family of a Co Tyrone man who died three days after sustaining unexplained head injuries say the donations of his organs has brought them comfort despite their grief
The family of a Co Tyrone man who died three days after sustaining unexplained head injuries say the donations of his organs has brought them comfort despite their grief
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

The family of a Co Tyrone man who died three days after sustaining unexplained head injuries say the donations of his organs has brought them comfort despite their grief.

Shane Conway (43), who was originally from the Mountfield area of Omagh, died in hospital after being found in a house in Londonderry.

The PSNI received a report around 6.35am last Tuesday, March 26, that Mr Conway had been hospitalised the previous day for treatment for injuries to his head and face.

He passed away on Thursday at Altnagelvin Hospital and enquiries into the circumstances of his death are continuing.

Mr Conway is survived by his mother Rose, sons Jamie and Caolan; siblings Cathal, Barry and Roseanna; brother-in-law, sister-in-law and entire family circle.

Announcing her brother's death in an emotional social media post, Roseanna Hughes said: "With great sadness myself, my mum Rose, my brothers Cathal and Barry and my nephews Caolan and Jamie wish to let people know that my brother Shane Conway passed away.

"We have never experienced pain or loss like it, but we can take great comfort in the fact that his heart is being transplanted to another young man.

"Four other families will also receive his other organs.

"This itself means so much, as we have lost a close family member who was awaiting a heart transplant and we know the change this would have made to our family's life if he had received this.

"We also had another family member who received a kidney transplant and know the difference this can make to a family.

"A big thank you for the support we have received all week.

"The messages, phone calls and people who sat daily with us at the hospital and people who visited.

"We will forever be grateful."

Roseanna went on to express her family's thanks for the messages of support and the work of medical staff at Altnagelvin, adding: "Life is so short, enjoy every moment and take every opportunity that comes your way and love your friends and family like there is no tomorrow."

PSNI Detective Inspector Michael Winters said enquiries are continuing to establish how Mr Conway was injured.

He has appealed for anyone with relevant information to call detectives at Strand Road on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 175 of March 26.

Mr Conway's funeral takes place tomorrow at Corpus Christi Church in Mountfield, followed by cremation at Lakelands Crematorium, Cavan.

The Conway family requested that donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Chest Heart and Stroke, c/o McGuigan Funeral Directors, 57 Main Street, Gortin.

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