Lisa Orsi’s family faces the most heartbreaking of homecomings after her life support was switched off in a Singapore hospital.
In keeping with the young Londonderry girl’s wishes, nine of her organs were utilized for transplant and will offer life to no less than six other people.
Lisa’s dad Dennis uncovered that Lisa was the first Westerner to give her organs in Singapore and in view of this she will be made an ambassador for organ donation in the country – an honor which has touched the family so deeply and made them extremely proud.
Lisa, who was 22 years old, fell gravely ill on a holiday trip to Indonesia on February 20 and never regained consciousness.
Tests did indicate that she suffered from severe altitude sickness and parents Dennis and Sharon, who flew from Derry to be with Lisa, were told the tests showed no signs of brain activity.
Lisa had spent the previous year working as a physiotherapist in a Singapore hospital, the same hospital that arranged her to be transferred from Indonesia to where the operation to remove Lisa’s organs occurred.
Her family has now started the process of repatriation and is expected to arrive back in Northern Ireland one week from now.
In Singapore, Mrs. Orsi declared the death of Lisa with a photo of her smiling and raising a glass of wine with a simple message of ‘Good night all. xxxx”. It has been an overwhelming time for her family, both in Singapore and in Derry and Donegal where Lisa went through her developmental years with her grandparents, John and Rosemary Orsi.
In a statement, the Orsi family said they are taking solace now in the life that Lisa has given to others and expressed gratitude toward individuals who have supported them during their painful experience, including the staff of the two healing facilities that administered to her since she got to be sick, and also her companions at home and in Singapore.
The statement read: “Even in this dark hour we can look to take solace from knowing that even in her death Lisa’s generosity has brought new life to others and given them a second chance.
“Lisa has been very fortunate to be surrounded by friends both from her working life and her club-mates from the Singapore Gaelic Lions. Gaelic football has been a childhood passion for Lisa and we are overwhelmed by all that her GAA family have done for her.”