Derry woman Lisa Orsi, who died this morning in Singapore, is to be honoured by the government there posthumously as an ambassador for organ donation.
Tributes have been paid to Lisa who fell critically ill in Singapore last month and had been on life support since. This morning, her life support has been removed.
There are no words that can adequately acknowledge the grief of Lisa’s family and for many of us it is impossible to comprehend the nightmare they are now living through.SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey
As the first Westerner to donate organs in Singapore, the government there have now named her as an ambassador of organ donation.
SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey has commended the courage and strength of her family who ensured Lisa’s organs would be donated to those who need them most.
Speaking this afternoon Mr. Ramsey said: “There are no words that can adequately acknowledge the grief of Lisa’s family and for many of us it is impossible to comprehend the nightmare they are now living through. I would like to commend them on their strength and for taking the courageous decision to remove Lisa’s life support and ensure that her organs will save and drastically improved the lives of others.
“The gift of life that she is leaving to people in Singapore has rightly been acknowledged by the government there who have awarded her the title of ambassador of organ donation.
“Lisa was well known around Derry through her presence in GAA circles. This has been reflected through the extensive campaign of solidarity shown to her and her family over the past couple of weeks. Having talked to her family, they would like to acknowledge and thank the people of Derry for tremendous emotional and financial support they have received.
“Her family, in a situation as bleak and difficult as this, has managed to find some consolation in the gift she has given to others. It is something that will leave them with proud memories of Lisa who, through her legacy, will live on.”