THE PARENTS of a man who donated organs that saved the lives of six people have helped launched a campaign to urge Scots to sign up to the Organ Donor Register.
Brian and Muriel McCabe, whose son Grant died suddenly at the age of 40 at his Armadale home in September 2010, met Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon at the start of the campaign at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh last week.
The dad-of-three collapsed after suffering a brain haemorrhage. He was taken to Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital but doctors were unable to save him.
However, when his family were asked if they would allow his organs to be donated, Brian, Muriel and partner Liz Walker, were in no doubt what they should do.
Brian said: “I knew if my son needed an organ to survive we would have taken it with two hands so if any good could come of such a horrible situation, and he could help others live, we had to do it.
“My wife and Liz agreed and so we said yes. We knew that this could help other people and they wouldn’t need to go through the heartache that we were going through. We all knew it was the right thing to do.”
Grant’s children, Lisa, 14, Kyle, 12 and Glen, 10, were told their dad had saved other people’s lives and this has been a source of comfort to them and their entire family.
Since Grant’s death, Brian and Muriel have also helped other children who have lost parents and Brian has encouraged the 350 members of his Harley Davidson motorbike club to join the register.
Nicola Sturgeon urged people to follow Grant’s example and help save lives by joining the register.
She said: “I’m appealing on behalf of those waiting for a transplant and their families, to anyone who has not yet registered to sign up to save a life through the Organ Donor Register - www.organdonationscotland.org or by texting LIFE TO 61611.”