Footballer killed on night out saves at least seven lives after donating organs

A kind-hearted young footballer who was killed during a night out has now saved at least seven lives and helped dozens more.

Caring Matlock Town player, Jordan Sinnott, 25, had spoken to his family about his wish to be a donor if anything happened to him.

In January in a devastating incident he suffered a fractured skull during a night out in Retford, Notts.

Two men are awaiting trial for his manslaughter. But despite their “nightmare” his family made sure his wishes were carried out.

And now he has saved seven people aged between 20 and 50 after donating his organs.

Soldiers and other burns victims are also benefiting from skin grafts created after his donation.

His brother Tom said: “He loved giving and even after he’s passed he managed to do that… At least his heart is still beating.”

His mum, Melanie Tait, 51, said she brought up the issue of organ donation after being told there was no hope for her son who was on life support at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital.

Melanie from Shipley, West Yorks, said: “All I could think of was the phone call that would be made to tell them an organ had been found for their loved one. It’s a gift of life and the highest gift you can give.”

As Jordan was taken to the operating theatre to donate his organs, porters and nurses, stood to pay their respects as the family accompanied him for his final journey.


Melanie said: “When he was in the operating room the theatre staff gave him a minute’s silence.”

Jordan lived and breathed football, his family said but he was looking forward to getting engaged and married to the love of his life Kelly Blossons, 26.

The family were “blown away” when they appealed for clubs to send signed shirts with Jordan’s name on the back and 1,000 shirts arrived from all over the world.

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