Man’s organs donated to save others

A MAN with a history of depression was found dead at his home.

An inquest into the death of 33-year-old James McArd at Bolton Coroner’s Court was told that he had been seeking help for depression following a vicious assault which left him on life-support more than 10 years previously.

The father-of-one was discovered at his house in First Avenue, Hindley, and despite the best efforts of police officers and paramedics to save him he died a week later at Wigan Infirmary.

His partner and family had been on a night out with him in Bolton and became concerned for his welfare in the early hours of Sunday February 12.

Police officers arrived within three minutes and forced entry. They gave him CPR while they waited for paramedics to arrive.

He was taken to Wigan Infirmary, where he was put on a life-support machine, but did not recover.

He was said by doctors to be clinically brain dead and life-support was stopped so that his family’s wishes of donating his organs could be met.

He died on Monday February 20.

Giving evidence at the hearing, Dr Stephen Wells, a pathologist at Wigan Infirmary said that Mr McArd died as a result of hypoxic brain damage, listing pneumonia as a contributing factor.

He said: “Where patients are put on ventilators, we often see phemonia developing on the lungs as they are unable to cough or clear anything in their lungs voluntarily. While this was not the primary cause of death, it was certainly a contributing factor.”

Recording a verdict that he took his own life, the deputy assistant corner Alison Birch said: “The family and friends of James McArd have my deepest condolences and sympathies.

“You gave him support and care in his depressive periods and it is a tragic loss of life.”