By Becca Husselbee
A young father who suffered a fatal brain haemorrhage saved the lives of eight people after donating his organs in one last heroic act.
Michael Fullalove was just 25 when he fell ill at with a severe headache and vomiting before he walked into an ambulance, leaving his wife, Sophie, at home with their two children, back in May.
But by the time Sophie, 27, had made into the hospital just three hours later she was told by doctors that father-of-two had suffered a stroke, causing a bleed on his brain, and that nothing more could be done to save him.
Having previously discussed their funeral plans, Michael had made it clear that he wanted to donate his organs and after his death, the father of two helped to save the lives of eight people with his final gift.
Sophie, from Wyton on the Hill, Cambridgeshire, said: “Me and the children are so proud of what he did, he was able to save eight lives by donating his organs.
“Arriving at the hospital to be told that there was nothing more they could do for him was earth-shattering.
“He had walked into the ambulance and I think we both thought that it wasn’t too serious, so it was a complete shock to be told by doctors he would not survive the next 12 hours.
“The children think he is a hero and they were so happy he had helped so many people.”
Michael, who worked for an industrial cleaning company, was suffering from a severe headache and vomiting before he began having seizures and an ambulance was called.
Concerned for his children, the doting dad told wife, Sophie, to make sure that both his step-daughter, Tilly May, seven, and son, Maxwell, four, were okay before joining him at the hospital.
But by the time Sophie had taken the children to stay with their grandmother and made it to be by his side, she was told that Michael had been placed on a life support machine and they would need to check for signs of life.
The mum-of-two was told to gather close family around to say goodbye before the ventilator was finally switched off.
Sophie, a cleaner, said: “I just couldn’t believe it had happened.
“It all happened so fast, one minute he had a headache and the next he had gone. It was devastating.
“We were shown the CT scan of his brain and it was all black from the huge amount of blood.
“They shone a light in his eyes and water in his eyes to see if he would react and finally turned off the ventilator to see if he would breathe on his own, but he never did.”
The pair, who meet through mutual friends back in 2011, had spoken openly about their funeral plans and Michael had stressed that he wanted to help other after he passed by signing up to the organ donor list three years previously.
The family received a letter from the donor family care service back in April to inform them that Michael had saved eight lives with his donation including a man that had been on the waiting for a kidney for seven years and a little girl in desperate need of a liver transplant.
Sophie is now urging families to have the honest discussion with their loved ones before it’s too late and wants others to consider the difference they could make to those suffering by donating their organs.
She said: “It doesn’t matter how young you are, it’s worth having the conversation about what you want to happen when you die because you never know when it’s too late.
“It a very taboo subject and no one likes to talk about death but he told me he wanted to donate his organs because he wouldn’t need them after he was gone.
“He wanted to help people and now me and the children are all on the donor list.”
The family often visit Michael’s favourite fishing pond where he spent his spare time as a keen angler and hope to scatter some of his ashes there.
Sophie said: “Michael would take Tilly and Maxwell there to pick daisies and take them fishing so it very special to us.
“They won’t ever forget the amazing thing their dad did for those people.”