THE grieving parents of road crash victim Jonathan Cruddas-Ginks today revealed how their son has helped save the life of a kidney patient after becoming an organ donor.
The 23-year-old suffered head and neck injuries after the Suzuki Swift he was travelling in smashed into three parked cars in Ashdale, Mount Pleasant, near Penshaw.
Rushed to Newcastle’s RVI hospital, the call-centre customer service advisor, from Washington, was admitted to its intensive care unit, where he remained unconscious for five days.
But just hours after medics were forced to switch off his ventilator, mum Beverley and dad Simon were informed that a kidney he donated had already helped save a patient awaiting a transplant.
“He was so generous, he would do anything for anybody,” said Beverley, 45. “That is why it was so like him to do something like this.
“We have already been told that his kidney has been used in a successful transplant.
“His other kidney, pancreas as well as part of his heart will also be used in transplants.
“It’s something he would have wanted. Something positive to come out of this horrible, horrible tragedy.”
The distraught couple, who were with their son when his ventilator was switched off, said they are still struggling to come to terms with the tragedy, which also claimed the life of 19-year-old Jay McCormick, from Washington, who was in the same car.
“It was so devastating, so sad to see Jonathan,” said Beverley, an employer relationship manager.
“Just watching the way he slipped away like that. “I felt like I was dying with him.
“You just don’t expect your son to go before you.
“Our thoughts are also with Jay’s family. It’s a terrible time for both our families.”
Engineer Simon, 43, described his son, a former pupil at Washington School, as a “popular and fun-loving” figure, with a keen interest in motorbikes.
“We’ve been given so much support by our friends and family and employers,” he said.
“The staff at the RVI were amazing. They did everything they could, but we knew, deep down, that there was little hope he would pull through.
“The doctor who examined him, one of the best in his field, told us as much before his ventilator was switched off.
“He was surrounded by his family – his sister, grandad and uncles – and his girlfriend.”
Simon said his death has devastated friends and family, including Jonathan’s sister Zara, 20.
“I felt a part of me died with him there and then in the hospital,” he said.
Jonathan’s funeral will take place at Washington Parish Church at noon next Tuesday.
A collection will be held at the service in aid of Newcastle’s RVI hospital.
An inquest into his death is expected to be held next year.
Two men, aged 25 and 34, arrested in connection with the crash, which happened on Sunday, September 9, have been released with no further action.
All four men were in the car at the time of the crash, police have said.
Inquiries are still under way to establish how the crash happened and police are appealing for witnesses.