The silver liningBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7286.598 (Published 10 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:598
- William A M Cutting (firstname.lastname@example.org), retired consultant paediatrician
In August 1998 we celebrated our ruby wedding and took all our family—four children, four spouses, and nine grandchildren—for a holiday in Perthshire. Our happy celebration came to a tragic halt when our son in law, Richard, was knocked off his cycle by an 18 year old driver. Before we could reach him he had been airlifted to the neurosurgical unit at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. The senior registrar told us that Richard's intracranial pressure was incompatible with life. The scans showed that cerebral oedema had flattened the ventricles and the blood vessels.
Our daughter Catriona's fortitude and faith were amazing. Within minutes of hearing the sad news she was clear that she wanted Richard's organs donated for transplantation. The transplant coordinator worked hard, but …