An ‘amazing’ Sheffield teenager who died suddenly has given four others the gift of life by donating her organs.
Former Ecclesfield School pupil Skye Thompson was having a normal day until she started fitting in front of her heartbroken family over the weekend.
She was rushed to the city’s Northern General Hospital – but doctors were unable to save her and she died a short time later after suffering a bleed on the brain.
The 17-year-old had reportedly been unaware that she had a urinary tract infection, which had caused her temperature to spike and led to the fit.
Skye’s uncle, Scott Thompson, said her parents, Helen, aged 33, and Peter, 45, of High Green, made the decision to donate her organs as she would have wanted to help others.
Scott, aged 26, said: “Because of the amazing young woman Skye was, she donated her organs to save others and as of Monday night she had already saved four lives.
“Skye was beautiful inside and out and never had a bad word to say about anyone, she was just full of laughter and smiles.”
Skye, who also leaves a brother, Michael, 12, studied sport at Barnsley College and was a huge Leeds United fan.
Scott said: “She had a season ticket with myself, my dad, mum and her little brother. She was ever-present on the Kop and never let anyone go to an away match without her being there.
“She was into music and beauty and loved Rihanna, she shaved the side of head to be like her – I gave her some stick for that!
“She was a stroppy teenager just like they all are – but she was wonderful and there was not a bad bone in her body.”
Skye’s family is now encouraging others to sign up to the organ donor register and follow in Skye’s footsteps to give others the gift of life.
Scott said: “What she has done just sums her up. All of the family are immensely proud and if it impacts on anyone and makes them add themselves to the donor list then even better.
“If Skye’s gift of life to others can encourage more people to donate organs, then that is something special.”
Last year, the number of people donating organs in the UK fell for the first time in 11 years.
More than 200 people are on the transplant list across South Yorkshire and 11 patients have died while waiting for a transplant in the last year.
Jayne Fisher, Manager of NHS Blood and Transplant Yorkshire Organ Donation Services Team said: “Our thoughts and condolences are with Skye’s family. We are immensely grateful that at such a tragic time they made the brave decision to think of helping others. Without families making these decisions to donate the many children and adults waiting for an organ simply wouldn’t get the transplants they so desperately need. We hope the knowledge that Skye has saved the lives of others brings her family comfort as they come to terms with her death.
Register to donate your organs at www.organdonation.nhs.uk
IN OTHER NEWS: