Suffolk family’s organ donation appeal in wake of grandfather’s ‘heartbreaking’ situation
PUBLISHED: 18:13 27 July 2018 | UPDATED: 18:02 29 July 2018
His dying wish was that he would be able to donate his organs to help save the lives of others.
But now a heartbroken family have spoken of how their beloved father could not fulfil his dream.
Relatives of Clive Wyard, from Ipswich, have also put out a fresh appeal for witnesses to discover what happened to him.
The 74-year-old was found lying outside his home on Valley Road near Westerfield roundabout, up to seven hours after a fall and suspected assault last week. The retired dock worker left the Royal George pub in Ipswich between 11.30pm on Thursday, July 19, and 12.20am the next day. He was found by passers-by just after 7am.
Relatives originally thought Mr Wyard had only broken his nose.
But tests confirmed Mr Wyard – who was put in a drug-induced coma – had suffered significant brain damage.
His children have said he will not recover.
“Words cannot begin to describe the devastation we are feeling,” said his daughter Jo Wyard. “He was fit and healthy. Our dad had never been ill or in hospital in his life.”
Mr Wyard’s children later discovered he had registered to donate his organs – which would have saved three people’s lives, as well as the sight of 10 others.
Relatives were keen to fulfil Mr Wyard’s final wish.
“But now his family have explained why he was unable to donate his organs.
Ms Wyard said: “There is a time frame for being able to donate organs, so when the first hour passed after the oxygen tubes were removed, his liver was no longer viable to donate.
“Two hours later his heart beat and blood pressure remained strong, therefore sadly his kidneys were also no longer viable to donate. Dad’s heart beat strongly throughout. It’s because he is so fit. The doctor said he is such a fit and healthy man, if it wasn’t for the trauma to his brain, he would survive. But it does not surprise me, he has always had the biggest heart, filled with such overflowing love for all, so how could his heart be anything other than strong.
“If you spoke to anyone that knows him, they would tell you that he is the most gentle, selfless, loving man you could ever meet.
“His life revolves around us children and his grandchildren.”
She added: “The hospital have been amazing. Dad was moved from critical care to palliative care, and the hospital staff throughout have been absolutely amazing, treating him and making him as comfortable as possible.
“We’ve called them ‘Clive’s angels’, they have gone above and beyond to help us.”
Ms Wyard said the family would like to encourage others to consider donating their organs.
“If he could have done, he would,” Ms Wyard said of her father’s wish.
“We want to raise awareness and gently encourage people to begin those difficult conversations about death and organ donation with their loved ones.”
To help, call Ipswich CID on 101.