Tragic father helps other live

A FATHER who died after collapsing at work with a brain haemorrhage has given the gift of life to three people by donating vital organs, his grieving fiancée has revealed.

A FATHER who died after collapsing at work with a brain haemorrhage has given the gift of life to three people by donating vital organs, his grieving fiancée has revealed.

Siobhan Whitehead last night paid tribute to her “soul mate” and husband Lee, 32, who died in his wife's arms in hospital - just weeks before the couple were due to go on a dream holiday to Rome.

Recalling the hours leading up to his tragic death, Mrs Whitehead said: “On the day he died he kissed me and his two-year-old daughter Tara goodbye, said 'I'll see you later' and went to work.

“The next thing I got a phone call to say he had collapsed. I went to hospital and he died in my arms after a massive brain haemorrhage.


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“That very same day he saved three lives by donating both kidneys and his liver - I am very proud of him for that.

“Some people never get to meet their soul mates but I met mine and had a happy six-and-a-half years with him.

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“He was a perfect husband, wonderful father, my soul mate, best friend and the true meaning of 'my other half'.”

Mr Whitehead, who lived with his wife in Haverhill for five years, started having seizures two years ago and was diagnosed with a brain infection. Although he was treated for it, he was left with epilepsy and last year diagnosed with two brain tumours.

Intensive radiotherapy treatment shrunk the more aggressive tumour but Mrs Whitehead said they knew he was on “borrowed time”.

“He suffered from the occasional seizure but then one day he had a really bad one at work and was rushed to hospital,” she said. “A scan revealed two brain tumours.

“We were devastated and while I knew he wouldn't live to a ripe old age, Lee never complained and after three weeks he was back at work.

“But I knew we were on borrowed time so we had booked a holiday to Rome.”

The couple - who married in 2001 - grew up in Scarborough but only met by chance when Mrs Whitehead, a DNA tracer, returned to the area.

She explained: “Even though we were both from Scarborough, we didn't meet until I had moved to Cambridge.

“I was visiting friends in Scarborough when we met in 1999. Lee moved to Cambridge with me where I'm a principal finisher at the Sanger Centre.”

Bosses at Cambridge-based wholesalers WF Electricals, where Mr Whitehead worked, last night paid tribute to the salesman.

Manager Andy Allen said: “We had the privilege of working with Lee for six years.

“He was a totally dependable and motivated individual who could be relied upon by everyone. He was an excellent colleague and great friend.”

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