Man killed in mo­tor ve­hi­cle col­li­sion saves life through or­gan do­na­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

The com­mu­nity is mourn­ing Daniel Play­ford, 29, who died as a re­sult of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle col­li­sion, and prais­ing him for sav­ing a life be­cause he was an or­gan donor.

Many say it is fit­ting to Play­ford’s gen­er­ous and giv­ing na­ture.

“He do­nated his or­gans and an­other per­son is al­ready out of surgery and on the way to re­cov­ery be­cause of it, said Danielle LeMoine, a close friend of Play­ford’s who she called her brother.

“His whole be­ing was beau­ti­ful. He was gen­tle. It was so Daniel to, even in death, be self­less and save a life.”

Play­ford was driv­ing a three­wheeler and col­lided with a car on high­way 223 in Iona around 12:30 a.m. on July 2. RCMP con­firmed the three-wheeler was re­ported to have been trav­el­ling on the high­way with­out any lights on at the time of the col­li­sion. The oc­cu­pants of the other ve­hi­cle were not injured.

Play­ford was taken to the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hos­pi­tal un­til he was sta­bi­lized then trans­ported to Hal­i­fax by am­bu­lance where he died around noon on July 4.

LeMoine’s brother, Tim, was his best friend and by his side while Play­ford was in the hos­pi­tal.

“Nu­mer­ous times he told me he con­sid­ered me more a brother than a friend,” Tim said dur­ing a phone in­ter­view, while weed­ing Play­ford’s gar­den.

Tim ex­plained Play­ford had got­ten into gar­den­ing over the past cou­ple of years.

“He re­ally felt at peace in his gar­den… he en­joyed watch­ing things grow. He was pa­tient like that,” Tim said about his friend of 13 years.

“I come here to take care of his gar­den and his dog. He would do that for me,” he ex­plained. “I feel close to him when I am here.”

Play­ford was well known in Iona. Af­ter his mother died sud­denly of a heart at­tack when he was in his late teens, the com­mu­nity seemed to adopt him, said both LeMoine and Tim. They talked about how Play­ford would al­ways be at dif­fer­ent peo­ple’s homes for din­ner and was fa­mous for the words he would say when he fin­ished.

“Th­ese were his fa­mous lines, he would al­ways say it when some­one fed him, ‘Thank you. That was de­li­cious,” Tim fondly re­called.

“Didn’t mat­ter if it was a bologna sand­wich and plate of Kraft Din­ner or lob­ster or Christ­mas din­ner, he al­ways said that.”

LeMoine also re­calls that of her friend.

“Wouldn’t mat­ter if you handed him a bucket of hockey pucks, he’d still say it was de­li­cious,” she said.

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Daniel Play­ford

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