David felt so lucky days before
Friends travelled from all over the country
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