A SIX-year-old girl has praised the “hero” who helped save her life through organ donation after he died of a brain haemorrhage.

A SIX-year-old girl has praised the “hero” who helped save her life through organ donation after he died of a brain haemorrhage.


A SIX-year-old girl has praised the “hero” who helped save her life through organ donation after he died of a brain haemorrhage.

Tom Wilson, 22, had a “perfect” life according to his mother Lisa with a life in London as an estate agent, a great flat and a “beautiful” girlfriend but he died of a brain haemorrhage after being struck on the head with a hockey stick.

Fatima Mirza, centre, was given a new lease of life thanks to her getting Tom’s liver after he died
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Lisa and Pippa Wilson (both centre) lost Tom (right) and Graham (left) within weeks of one another
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He was rushed from Old Loughtonians Hockey Club in Chigwell, to hospital in December 2015 but his parents were told his injuries were too severe for him to recover.

While he was lying in his hospital bed his parents made the decision to donate his organs, as he had signed up to be a donor when he was an 18-year-old just starting university.

Lisa said: “Tom made the decision for us and we knew we were going to go ahead with it.”

Tom’s organs have managed to save the lives of 50 people, including six-year-old Fatima Mirza.

Appearing on the BBC’s Breakfast show with her mother Lubna, she said she had drawn a picture of Tom, adding: “He is my hero. He gave me his liver.”

Tom’s mum said: “I’m going to put that in my memory box. That’s very special.”

She added: “50 lives helped and transformed because of the organ and tissue donation.

Lisa suffered more tragedy just eight weeks after her son died when her husband Graham died of sepsis.

Some of Graham’s last words to Lisa were to “keep Tom’s memory alive”.

Lisa, along with her daughter Pippa, decided to write to all the people whose lives had been altered thanks to Tom to see how they were getting along.

She also set up the Tom Wilson Memorial Fund, and the charity has since raised £50,000.

She retired as a PE teacher in March this year, and now serves as a London ambassador for organ donation.


Lisa said: “I was lucky that Lubna replied with photographs until we built up enough of a correspondence we felt we could meet.

“It was so special that meeting in that park. It’s the gift of life. We said yes [to organ donation] and look at the result.”

Fatima’s mum said: “We were certain she was not going to make it and he saved her life. Words cannot express how grateful we are.”

Tom’s mum Lisa revealed Tom’s organs had helped save the lives of 50 people
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Tom’s organs and tissue have helped save the lives of 50 people
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Fatima said she had drawn a picture of her ‘hero’
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Tom with sister Pippa shortly before his death
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