Sunday 21 October 2018

'Our superhero Cal gave five families a miracle'

Catherine and Mark Grimes hold a photo of son Callum, who died after being hit by a car. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Catherine and Mark Grimes hold a photo of son Callum, who died after being hit by a car. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Kathy Armstrong

Kathy Armstrong

The parents of a young man whose organs were donated to five people after his death have described him as their "superhero".

Callum 'Cal' Grimes (27) died last July, seven months after he was hit by a car near his home in Rush, north Co Dublin.

When his parents, Mark and Catherine Grimes, learned he would not survive after 15 operations, they decided to donate his organs to people who needed them.

"We want to celebrate the life that he gave to five people," said Mark.

"Catherine has letters that we received from some of them. The first one was from a father who didn't think that he would have any more time with his own kids, he wrote to thank us.

"I'm happy that five families got the miracle that we prayed for, it didn't happen for us but he gave them life."

Catherine said organ donation was what Callum would have wanted.

"Cal had spoken to me about it and said he wanted to donate his organs. He said, 'Ma, they're no good to me six feet under but give them to someone who needs them'.

"You don't want to even think about it but as time moves on, you have to put your own feelings aside and think about what Callum would have wanted. He was always a superhero to me but the fact that he saved five lives is amazing," she said.

Irish Independent

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