David got nine ex­tra years... He lived them to the full

Tears as heart op hero passes away

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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