David felt so lucky days be­fore

Friends trav­elled from all over the coun­try

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Ruther­glen man David Lloyd spoke about how lucky he was just days be­fore he died at the age of 28.

the for­mer stonelaw and Burn­side pupil, who passed away on oc­to­ber 2 from a heart at­tack, was cel­e­brat­ing the ninth an­niver­sary of the heart trans­plant that had changed his life.

He made the post on Face­book on septem­ber 29 and also paid trib­ute to the teenager whose heart he re­ceived.

It read: “Happy 9th Heart trans­plant an­niver­sary to me to­day.

“not a day goes by when I don’t think how lucky I am to be alive, over the last nine years I have had one lit­tle

scare a few weeks ago but a few ex­tra hours in hos­pi­tal is noth­ing when I might not have been here for those nine years.

I have made amaz­ing friends and my fam­ily lit­er­ally gets big­ger ev­ery year with all the kids my broth­ers and sis­ters keep hav­ing and I can do so many more things I couldn’t do be­fore! I stay pos­i­tive and en­joy life ev­ery­day (yes I moan and can be a sar­cas­tic lit­tle bitch some­times) but I couldn’t be hap­pier! My thoughts go to my donor’s fam­ily to­day. Or­gan Do­na­tion saved my life! #ilove­mark”.

David’s fu­neral took place on Mon­day at Croft­foot Parish Church and the Linn Cre­ma­to­rium.

His dad, John, and mum Anne Inglis, both spoke at the ser­vice, which was taken by Rev Fer­gus Buchanan, a friend of John’s.

As well as David’s sib­lings - Michelle, Sharon, El­iz­a­beth, Laura, Christo­pher and Jonathan - friends trav­elled from Hull, where he at­tended univer­sity, and Manch­ester, where he lived, to say their farewells.

A col­lec­tion dur­ing the ser­vice raised £1500 for the New­cas­tle Free­man Hos­pi­tal, where David un­der­went his trans­plant.

John said af­ter­wards:“If you could call a fu­neral good, then it was good. It’s not a word we would use but ev­ery­one was re­ally quite up­beat.

“It was nice to see so many peo­ple there.

“One mes­sage which was im­por­tant, was that life is never straight­for­ward or easy as peo­ple think it will be. Many peo­ple face tragedy and sad­ness, and what our fam­ily ex­pe­ri­enced on that day was some­thing oth­ers ex­pe­ri­ence and will ex­pe­ri­ence again.”

Many of David’s friends have started rais­ing money for trans­plant char­i­ties or have signed up to the donor register.

John said:“For the pro­ce­dure to hap­pen, some­one quite lit­er­ally has to die, but while one fam­ily are in deep mourn­ing, be­cause of their loss, they can bring joy to another fam­ily.

“It can make a huge dif­fer­ence to their lives. David ex­pe­ri­enced that with the boy, Mark, who died but his fam­ily made the de­ci­sion to do­nate his heart and David got nine bonus years from that.”

Tragic David Lloyd

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