Attack victim's organs saved five lives
Published 29/11/2010 | 05:00
ORGANS donated by an assault victim have saved five lives.
Niall Dorr's father said he now carries Niall's life-saving donor card everywhere with him to remind him of his son's final selfless act.
The 18-year-old died of head injuries last month after he was assaulted by a group of up to seven people in his native Dundalk in Co Louth.
His father, David Dorr, said the family were getting comfort from the fact that Niall's decision to carry a donor card saved the lives of five seriously ill people.
"They were able to take two kidneys, his pancreas, liver, lungs and heart," he told the Irish Independent.
"One person got his kidney and pancreas, so five lives were saved. We got a letter from Beaumont Hospital and they said all the patients are doing very well.
"We're so proud that he was able to do that for those people.
"It was one of those things, you almost forget about it, and when a letter arrives it bring a tear to your eye to know he signed up of his own volition."
Niall signed up to become an organ donor in July, just three months before his death.
"He picked it up in the doctor's surgery, put it back, and he picked it up again five minutes later while he was still waiting and put it in his pocket.
"A few days later, he took it out, signed it, gave it to his mother to sign and asked her to look after it for him. I've had his card in my wallet since then, along with my own."
A kickboxing champion, Niall had attended an interview for the Army just hours before he was assaulted on Castle Road in Dundalk on October 13.
He was walking along the road with a number of friends when he was attacked by a gang of up to seven people.
Five people were arrested for questioning by investigating gardai, with a number of files sent to the DPP.
Mr Dorr praised the gardai, saying they had been "superb".
He also thanked local people -- and those from further afield -- who have offered huge support to the Dorr family.
At the time of his death, Niall had been planning to do a sky-dive to raise funds for Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Dublin. His older brother Shane is now planning to take part in his honour.
Yesterday, scores of Niall's friends attended his month's mind Mass in Dundalk.
"Lots of his friends have been calling and texting," added Mr Dorr.
"They've not forgotten us."