The heartbroken father of Derry woman Lisa Orsi says his daughter’s legacy will live on in educating other young people about organ donation.
Speaking about his daughter’s death for the first time, a visibly moved Denis Orsi paid tribute to his “special girl” and said he had learned far more from Lisa in the past 22 years than he had ever taught her.
“Lisa was just special,” he said. “We were very close. She worried as much about me as I did about her.”
The Derry father revealed that Lisa’s organs have saved up to 50 people.
“We find that very comforting,” he said. “Lisa’s legacy will be the fact that the Singapore government have decided to use Lisa as an ambassador for organ donation. That alone means Lisa’s life was worthwhile.
“The plan is to take Lisa’s story and bring it into schools to educate young people. They will grow up hearing Lisa’s name and her story. I keep thinking one day I will be sitting in a cafe in Singapore and I will see Lisa’s face on a bus.”
Dozens of yellow ribbons have been tied to lampposts near to the home of Lisa Orsi.
Lisa, a physiotherapist, died last week after collapsing and falling ill on a volcano trek in Indonesia.
Denis Orsi thanked all those who had been there for the family, particularly SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey who he said had become a family friend.
He described Lisa as a people person who always lived life to the full. He said her red hair, which was quite unusual in Singapore was always a talking point.
And he laughed as he remembered the day Lisa had rung him to tell him she had just done a tandem base jump.
“I had to get google out,” he said.
“We couldn’t believe the sheer amount of people who arrived at the Chapel of Rest in Singapore and at the hospital.
“They were crying sore and half an hour later they were laughing hard about a story someone told about Lisa.
“Lisa never judged anyone, they were all the same to her, she took people at face value.”
He said Lisa loved people and the family would take comfort in the fact that Lisa’s organs will help 50 people to live on.
Lisa’s funeral will take place tomorrow (Friday) at 12 p.m. the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Trench Road.