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Mother of Barking organ donor speaks out after son is posthumously awarded

PUBLISHED: 19:00 24 October 2018

Joe'’s brother, Ben Taylor, daughter Leanne Swain, mum Debra Taylor, and cousin Mark Callenan, at the Priory Church of St John in Clerkenwell following the ceremony. Picture: nhsbt

Joe'’s brother, Ben Taylor, daughter Leanne Swain, mum Debra Taylor, and cousin Mark Callenan, at the Priory Church of St John in Clerkenwell following the ceremony. Picture: nhsbt

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A woman from Barking has spoken out after her son was posthumously awarded for donating his organs.

Joseph Swain, whose family decided to donate his kidneys and pancreas after he died from a brain haemorrhage. Picture: nhsbtJoseph Swain, whose family decided to donate his kidneys and pancreas after he died from a brain haemorrhage. Picture: nhsbt

Joseph Swain, from Charlton, collapsed in the street from a brain haemmorrhage and died in June last year, aged 39.

He was treated at Kings College Hospital, where his family agreed to donate his kidneys and pancreas.

Joe’s mum, Debra Taylor from Barking, said: “I just felt that it was something he would have wanted, he would have liked to give someone else a chance in their life.

“His organs were no longer any use to him and if he could help someone he would have wanted to.”

Joe'’s brother, Ben Taylor, daughter Leanne Swain, mum Debra Taylor, and cousin Mark Callenan, at the Priory Church of St John in Clerkenwell following the ceremony. Picture: nhsbtJoe'’s brother, Ben Taylor, daughter Leanne Swain, mum Debra Taylor, and cousin Mark Callenan, at the Priory Church of St John in Clerkenwell following the ceremony. Picture: nhsbt

Joe’s family received the Order of St John Award for Organ Donation on his behalf.

Debra added: “We had a letter from one of the two gentlemen who received his kidneys.

“It was just so heart wrenching, it was lovely. I just felt like it was Joe living on.”

There were 1,574 organ donors in the UK in 2017/18, an 11 per cent rise from the previous year.

Anthony Clarkson, interim director of organ donation and transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “The pride families feel at these ceremonies is inspirational.

“Transplant patients tell us that organ donors and their families are heroes. This award is a chance for us all to recognise their bravery and generosity and their amazing contribution to society.”

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