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Tuesday 27 July 2021
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Alex Lawes
Alex Lawes

National Transplant Week - Alex's story


The mother of a young man who fell to his death at a Manchester nightclub has featured in an emotional film to raise awareness about organ donation.


Jill Hall’s son Alex Lawes was taken to Salford Royal after falling 40ft from a balcony at Tiger Tiger in 2011.


The 23-year-old, from Buckinghamshire, suffered a major head injury and never regained consciousness. He died the following day.


Jill discovered her son was on the organ donation register and as a result, his heart, left lung, liver, kidneys and pancreas were donated and saved the lives of five people.


Since April 1 2014, nine Salford Royal patients donated organs, which went on to save the lives of 37 people.


To mark National Transplant Week (July 7-13) Jill has featured in a moving interview to share her story and encourage others to sign the organ donor register.


Jill Hall
Jill Hall

In the film she said: “This was the ultimate gift Alex could bestow on anyone; the gift of life.


“For all the sadness we were going through, a miracle was just about to happen.


“I was left alone with him for the last few hours and I massaged his feet and just spent the last few hours with my son. The team then came to prepare him for theatre and that’s when things began to feel real for me.


“The last thing I said to him was, ‘Alex, you are going in there and you are doing something really, really special. You are about to give a number of people a really special gift not many people are able to give. I am so proud of you.’


“And then I said ‘goodbye’.”


Jill said as news spread about Alex becoming an organ donor, many of his friends followed in his footsteps and also signed the organ donor register.


She added: “That was really warming because he had made such a difference and that was his legacy.


“I wake up every single morning and one of the first thoughts I have is for Alex’s recipients. I thank them for living their life to the full, remembering their donor and the way they can say ‘thank you’ is by living every day and doing the things they want to do.”


Jill’s interview can be viewed on You Tube.


For more information on becoming an organ donor visit the Organ Donation website.