A 15-year-old boy who died in a tragic gym accident saved the lives of seven people after his organs were donated.
Ben Shaw was killed in Brisbane, Australia, on Wednesday morning, after a 98 kilogram barbell fell on his neck and he became trapped for around 30 minutes.
He had been working out at the Pine Rivers PCYC gym.
His family made the heart-breaking decision to switch his life support off after doctors told them he wouldn’t recover.
Ben’s mum Dayla Shaw said she was comforted by the fact her son had saved so many people with his donated organs.
He helped 13 people in total, with the body parts also going to three children, who had heart valves replaced, and two adults who can now see again thanks to Ben.
‘It’s the most selfless act I think you can give and in the darkest time,’ Ms Shaw told the Courier Mail.
She added: ‘It would’ve been a no-brainer for him.
‘He would’ve had such a simplistic outlook on it – “why wouldn’t you donate organs?”.
‘Give someone else the opportunity to not have to suffer.’
She said Ben was ‘amazing, mature and kind’ and would have wanted to donate his organs and help people.
Ms Shaw does not want others to suffer like her son did and has urged Pine Rivers PCYC gym to change its safety policies.
She also encouraged others to consider becoming organ donors.
Authorities are still investigating Ben’s death.
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