David got nine extra years... He lived them to the full
Tears as heart op hero passes away
The family of a Rutherglen man who died last week at the age of just 28 have paid tribute to his love of life
David Lloyd passed away from a heart attack on Friday afternoon, just hours after being admitted to hospital in Manchester, where he stayed.
Nine years ago, David received a heart transplant, a procedure that changed his life.
But on Friday afternoon he was forced to call an ambulance. His family were told he had been admitted at 2pm before being advised by doctors to make the trip south.
Sadly they never made it in time to say goodbye, with David dying around 5pm.
His family — dad John Lloyd, mum Anne Inglis and siblings Michelle, Sharon, Elizabeth, Laura, Christopher and Jonathan — have been left stunned at his sudden death.
And John this week paid tribute to his beloved boy: “The family are all very shocked and saddened, but we have had a lot of support.
“We’re really so glad to see how many friends he had and how many people loved
him. It’s been nice to read such nice things about him.
“He went around with a colourful group of people. They were very wild and David was just a party lad.
“David loved drama. He appeared in several things and wanted to be an actor. He studied drama at college in Paisley and then did a degree in acting and performance in Hull through Leeds University.
“He lived in Hull and then in London then went north again to Manchester. He worked in a shop, but he still wanted to try to break through.
“All his friends from university had a beach party for him, they sent up lanterns and all drank Irn-Bru.
“It’s been very much about celebrating his life. Obviously we miss him, but it has been a celebration.
“He was a fun guy, just a character. I’m told his speciality was one liners on Snapchat. Apparently they caused great laughter. “He had a great zest for life.” Former Burnside and Stonelaw pupil David, who grew up on Victoria Drive, was born with a pulmonary embolism and underwent a number of operations in the first few weeks of his life.
At the age of six, he underwent another major procedure which improved his life. However, when he was 19 he showed signs of heart failure and was taken into Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, where he received a new heart.
Retired minister John told the Reformer the family feel blessed he was given the extra time: “He just loved life, he was full of energy. The new heart gave him a huge lease of life.
“Quite honestly, if he had been born 50 years ago instead of 30, he would have died when he was still a baby.
“The heart he received was from a young lad who died in a motorcycle accident. The funny thing was, we were told his name was Mike but David knew that before — don’t ask me how — it was really strange.
“It made a huge difference to his life. He had nine really excellent years, and I just think that was such a bonus.”
Friends took to social media to pay tribute to David.
One wrote: “The nicest person ever, — your dreams were too big for this world.”
Another said: “David Lloyd you have been so inspirational, I’m so lucky to have known you and been friends, you were always more than a work colleague.”
Many have signed up to the donor register, and John hopes David’s story could inspire others to do the same.
David himself was signed up, although the medication he was on meant his own organs could not be passed on.
John said: “On Facebook, apparently, lots have signed up.
“It would be great if others did the same. That is something David would have approved of.”
His new heart gave him a lease of life
Character David Lloyd (28) from Rutherglen received a heart transplant nine years ago but passed away on Friday afternoon.
Living to the full David made the most of a second chance at life following his transplant