Organ donor families gather in day of remembrance

A Hunter Valley man says even in death his wife was a very giving person and he is proud the donation of her organs has helped seven people.

Craig Croxton from Clarence Town lost his wife Rosemarie in a horse riding accident in 2011.

He shared their story at a thanksgiving and remembrance service in Newcastle yesterday.

There were 16 organ and tissue donations in the Hunter New England local health district last year which helped more than 70 people.

Mr Croxton says it is comforting to know his wife’s death was not in vain.

“Rosemarie was a very dedicated family person to bringing up the children,” he said.

“She was a very practical and realistic person.

“Along with that gave her belief that whatever she could do for people, including donating her organs, was very important.

“She sort of have had a true need to help people where she could, even right at the end.”

Mr Croxton says he and his wife had discussed donation and he is pleased he was able to carry out her wishes.

“Our children are all grown up now, they also knew how important it was to Rosemarie.

“So, for us, it wasn’t a hard decision at all and I guess at the end of the day, it just makes us feel proud as people that she was that giving.

“But it also helps us know that her death wasn’t a total tragedy – it actually has helped other people live.”

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