The “beautiful” father of five lost his life but his organs went on to help others.
Tributes have been paid to an Emergency Department worker from Nottingham who donated his organs after a fatal car crash.
Father-of-five Rowan Bailey, 40, worked in the Emergency Department at Queen’s Medical Centre for seven years, and was cared for by colleagues when he was admitted after the crash in August last year.
Colleges have now paid tribute to Rowan, Neil Wakefield, his former line manager said, “He was a much-loved member of my team by all grades. His humour was legendary but was also very professional in his role.
Rowan’s organs have helped recipients on the transplant list and are also being used for research that will ultimately benefit many others.
His partner Sophie, explained, “Rowan was a gentle giant who would do anything for anyone and he proved to be selfless right to the end. We are so incredibly proud.”
A very special human being.
Colleague Sadie Harris, a specialist organ donation nurse, who helped care for Rowan in intensive care added, “Rowan was a beautiful human being and his gift of life ultimately summed up his willingness to help others at all costs.”
Nottingham’s coroner who presided over the inquest into Rowan’s death also paid tribute. Máirín Casey commented, “It is clear to me from all of the information that I received about Rowan that he was a very special human being.
“However, it is equally clear to me that his selflessness is reflected in the actions of his family who agreed to organ and tissue donation at one of the most challenging times that anyone could ever face.
“They respected and supported his wishes and as a result, he and they have given the gift of life to others, after Rowan was lost to them.
Ms Casey concluded, “It is one of the most generous acts imaginable and on behalf of all those who have benefited from their generosity, I thank them most sincerely.”