Organ donation manager gifts own organs after dying in a car crash

Organ donation manager gifts own organs after dying in a car crash

04/06/2021

Head of donor unit who saved countless lives by organising transplants will save will save a handful more with her own organs after she was killed in a car crash

  • Siobhan Brosnan died in hospital on Easter Sunday after her jeep collided with a car on Friday in Adare, Ireland
  • The other driver, Mary Barry, a woman in her fifties from Tralee, was pronounced dead at the scene
  • Brosnan was the organ donation nurse manager for the UL Hospitals Group which described her as a ‘wonderful, esteemed, elegant colleague’

The head of an organ donation unit is continuing to save lives after her own organs were donated following a deadly car crash. 

Siobhan Brosnan died in hospital on Easter Sunday after her jeep collided with a car on Friday in Adare, Ireland. 

The other driver, Mary Barry – a woman in her fifties from Tralee – was pronounced dead at the scene while Brosnan was taken to University Hospital Limerick with serious injuries. She died in hospital two days later. 

Brosnan, who was in her forties, was the organ donation nurse manager for the UL Hospitals Group and had recently moved to Adare, The Limerick Leader reported. 

The head of an organ donation unit is continuing to save lives after her own organs were donated following a deadly car crash. Siobhan Brosnan (pictured) died in hospital on Easter Sunday after her jeep collided with a car on Friday in Adare, Ireland

Following her death, her husband Patrick Shanahan and family were certain she would have wanted her own organs to be donated.

The paper reported that Brosnan’s organs have been harvested and will be given to patients awaiting transplants.

In her role as organ donation nurse manager, Brosnan would approach families of patients in intensive care to ask for their consent to donate the organs of their loved ones after death. 

She had 20 years experience working in intensive care units in the UK and elsewhere and was described by colleagues as hard working and dedicated as well as ‘great fun,’ according to The Limerick Leader. 

UL Hospitals, which comprises six hospitals, remembered Brosnan in a post on Twitter on Tuesday.

‘It is with great sadness and loss the HSE, @ULHospitals and the office of Organ Donation Transplant Ireland have learnt of the death of our wonderful, esteemed and elegant colleague Siobhan Brosnan Shanahan. Rest in peace Siobhan,’ it said.   

‘The entire community of west Limerick is shocked and numbed,’ Minister Niall Collins said following the women’s deaths.

‘Our thoughts are prayers are with their families and Siobhan’s work colleagues in UHL where she was a highly thought of and highly respected member of staff.’

‘It is such an incredible tragedy. We pray for them,’ said parish priest Monsignor Daniel Neenan said.

Neenan added that he was sure Brosnan’s husband would be well supported in Adare. 

‘He will have the best of neighbours and kindest of people around him,’ The Limerick Leader quoted Neenan as saying. 

Brosnan died at University Hospital Limerick (pictured) on Sunday. She had 20 years experience working in intensive care units in the UK and elsewhere [File photo]

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