Jordie's legacy is saving lives
TOUCHING tributes and heartfelt messages of support have flooded in for the devastated family of Lowestoft teenager Jordan Smith.And this week there was a poignant card from his favourite comedian Lee Evans, who performed two sell-out shows at the town's Marina Theatre this week, which read: “Sorry I could not hear your laugh, God bless, your friend Lee Evans.
TOUCHING tributes and heartfelt messages of support have flooded in for the devastated family of Lowestoft teenager Jordan Smith.
And this week there was a poignant card from his favourite comedian Lee Evans, who performed two sell-out shows at the town's Marina Theatre this week, which read: “Sorry I could not hear your laugh, God bless, your friend Lee Evans.”
The 17-year-old suffered from a rare blood clotting disorder and died of a massive stroke on Monday, June 2.
Described as being “so full of life,” by his parents Steve and Donna from north Lowestoft, the youngster suffered “a catastrophic brain injury,” according to doctors.
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“He was probably born with this weakness and it could've happened at any time,” Mrs Smith said. “The doctors told us it's a million to one chance to happen to someone so young - it was a freak of nature.”
The Lowestoft College student had just completed his first year of a carpentry course and much like his business-minded father, he already had a business plan for the future - starting his own company called Jordie's Joinery.
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“He loved going out on his moped, skateboarding and had never broken a bone in his body as he had no fear,” Mr Smith said.
It was when the teenager applied for his motorcycle licence that he signed a form offering to donate his organs - which led to an amazing legacy that has already saved lives.
Having had a kidney taken out when he was 15 months old, Jordan also had a rare blood group type, meaning that when his organs were donated to six other people last week, a piece of his liver was saved for a baby and the rest for an adult, a young man received his heart, someone else got his lungs while another person suffering with diabetes got his kidney and pancreas.
“One of the organs went to someone who had 24 hours to live - that's a one in a million chance, with Jordie's rare blood group,” Mrs Smith said.
And on Tuesday the family met up with the comic at the Marina.
Mr Smith said: “We waited outside the theatre. Lee Evans came out and I said excuse me could you sign this for Jordie - and we stood there talking for at least 10 minutes.
“What a lovely bloke he was - he really had a lot of time for us, which was nice.”
A celebration of Jordan's life will take place next Wednesday at Gorleston Crematorium at 4pm. The family have sent out an invite welcoming all of Jordan's friends and people who knew him.
They are also asking that instead of bringing flowers, people donate to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, and at a later date, Mr Smith is hoping to hold a remembrance wrestling match for the hospital as well.
The Journal has set up a message board on its website www.lowestoftjournal24.co.uk where people can pay tributes to Jordan. To add your tribute e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org