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Jack McLean, a former New Moston primary school pupil, is set to save five lives and help up to four other people after a six-hour operation to fulfil his wish of donating his organs.

Jack McLean, a former New Moston primary school pupil, is set to save five lives and help up to four other people after a six-hour operation to fulfil his wish of donating his organs.

A student who died after collapsing on his 19th birthday has given the gift of life to at least five other people.

Jack McLean was out celebrating at university when he suffered a bleed in his brain. The teenager, who grew up in New Moston, Manchester was taken to hospital where he suffered a second, bigger bleed.

Jack was moved to a special neurological centre and had a three-hour operation, but doctors couldn’t save him. His life support was switched off with mum Liz and dad Darren at his bedside.

Now Jack, a former New Moston primary school pupil, is set to save five lives and help up to four other people after a six-hour operation to fulfil his wish of donating his organs.

Jack was kept alive long enough to be cleared of the drugs used to treat him as patients from across the country were prepared for transplants and helicopters and police escorts helped to deliver the organs.

Liz, 43, said babies and young adults were among the intended recipients.

She said: "It epitomises the type of person he was. He was always so kind."

Liz says the last generous last act by her son, who was a student at Bangor University in north Wales where the accident happened, has helped her in her grief. She said: "It’s been the hardest time of my life. But he lives on through these people and it means they are going to remember him and love him just like we do.

"Not only will he live on through our memories of him, he will live on physically through them. It’s been massively comforting."

Liz revealed that Jack had beaten the odds by living to 19. He had a weak vein in his head after being born prematurely and had been given just one day to live by doctors. She said: "He was very poorly for the first six months of his life.

"As a child we were told so many times he wasn’t going to survive, so every day’s been precious. We never dreamed he’d go to uni. The 19 years we’ve had have been a gift. Everyone he met, he touched.

"He was really eccentric and outgoing. He was also funny and kind."

Liz said Jack had always wanted to be an organ donor.

She said: "It was something we’d talked about. He wanted to donate everything. He just didn’t understand why anyone wouldn’t want to."

She added: "He did a lot of charity work for the Middleton Pop stars and Francis House. That’s just who he was."

Jack was a drama enthusiast and singer and was in the first year of a creative studies degree.

He moved to Llandudno with his mum six years ago but his dad Darren, 43, and other family members, still live in Manchester. Friends have flooded Facebook with tributes.


Daily Mirror

A STUDENT who died after collapsing on his birthday has given the gift of life to five people with his organs.

Jack McLean, 19, collapsed earlier this month and suffered a bleed in his brain while out with friends.

His life support was turned off days later after doctors were unable to help him.

But now a six-hour ­operation means tragic donor Jack will save five lives and help up to four others.

Mum Liz, 43, said yesterday: “It epitomises the type of person he was. He was always so kind and will live on through these people.”

Jack, a creative studies student at Bangor University, in North Wales, was born with a weak vein in his head and had initially been given just one day to live.

Liz explained: “He was very poorly. Every day has been precious. The 19 years have been a gift. He wanted to donate everything. He just didn’t understand why anyone wouldn’t want to.”

 

Middleton Guardian