Editorial: Frank gave hope to thousands
IRISH screenwriter Frank Deasy, who died so tragically yesterday, has left a wonderful legacy. Quite apart from his award-winning writings, television scripts and his love of his young family, the Dublin-born writer (49) has given hope to the many thousands of people whose lives hang by a thread as they wait anxiously for organ transplants.
His telling of his own story on Joe Duffy's Liveline programme, just three days before his death in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, has encouraged an unprecedented 10,000 people to sign up for organ donor cards.
The fact that this figure broke all records and is triple the normal number of people who sign up during an annual appeal, shows just how great an impact Frank Deasy made.
Today, we join in the tributes to this selfless, brave, passionate man and express our deepest condolences to his wife Marie and their three children.