Leeds teenager’s organs save lives

'LIVING ON': Tracy and Alex Asquith pictured holding a photograph of Kyle.  PIC: Simon Hulme

'LIVING ON': Tracy and Alex Asquith pictured holding a photograph of Kyle. PIC: Simon Hulme

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The mum of a teenager whose organs saved five people after he died has hailed the “gift of life” after learning of the massive difference they have made.

Kyle Asquith died suddenly in March aged just 15.

Afterwards his parents Tracy and Alex decided to allow his organs to be transplanted, and now they have received heartwarming letters from some of the recipients.

His mum said: “The recipients are making the most of their lives – it truly is the gift of life.”

The teenager, from Middleton, Leeds, died after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

After deciding to donate Kyle’s organs, his parents discovered he had given the gift of life to two children and three adults.

Now they have heard more details about two of those, including a young boy who had previously needed round-the-clock oxygen.

Mrs Asquith said the boy, who received Kyle’s lungs, could now walk upstairs and had returned to school, while a man who was given his kidneys and pancreas is now able to take part in charity 5k runs.

“It means he is still living on,” Kyle’s mum said.

The teenager’s family have also been deeply touched by support from his school, Cockburn High, which has raised £822 for the NHS Blood and Transplant Trust Fund.

Pupils on the school council decided to donate the proceeds of their non-uniform day in memory of their classmate.

“It is the most devastating thing to lose a child,” Mrs Asquith added.

“But in losing Kyle, it feels like we have gained a school full of amazing young people.

“Young people seem to get so much bad press but these guys have been there for each other and us through the toughest of times.

“We cannot put into words just how amazed we are on the amount that has been raised. Kyle may not be with us but he just keeps on giving.”

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