7 year-old Lochgelly crash victim’s gift of life

Cole Jay Gibson from Lochgelly died in a road accident on the A9
Cole Jay Gibson from Lochgelly died in a road accident on the A9

The mother of a seven year-old boy who lost his life in a road collision on the A9 has given the ultimate gift of life by donating her son’s organs, reports GAIL MILNE.

Hazel Gibson (29) from Lochgelly in Fife was driving her Renault Kangoo northbound on the A9 near Bankfoot at about 7.30pm on Friday 4 November when she collided with a southbound Peugeot.

Her partner Michael Patrick Joyce (31), of Canongate, Edinburgh, who was a front seat passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her son Cole Jay Gibson (7) was taken by ambulance to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee where sadly he died yesterday as a result of his injuries.

Hazel, who is 17 weeks pregnant, sustained serious injuries in the collision including a fractured collar bone, back and pelvic bone. Speaking from Ninewells Hospital she talked about the miracle of not miscarrying her unborn baby and that the decision to donate organs was one made by Cole himself at a young age.

She said: “Cole decided he wanted to be on the organ donor register when he was 5 years old after he picked up a leaflet that came through the letterbox. We made a decision then as a family that it was what we all wanted to do and we are now all on the organ donor register.

“Knowing that Cole’s death is helping other children waiting for life saving transplants is helping me in some way to come to terms with what has happened. I already know that his heart is going to a 2-year-old girl and that has given me a glimmer of hope knowing that whilst he is not here, he’s still making a difference to a very sick young girl elsewhere in the UK.

“Given what I’ve been through it’s a miracle I haven’t miscarried. I can only think that wearing a special pregnancy bump seat belt helped in some way although I can never be sure.

“I just hope that when people read this they will appreciate how precious the gift of life can be and to consider putting themselves on the organ donor register. I know it’s not for everyone but if a few more join as a result of what has happened to my family then Cole’s death has not been in vain and it’s been worthwhile sharing our story.”

Cole was a Primary 3 pupil at Benarty Primary School near Lochgelly in Fife where he also attended the breakfast club. He was an extremely popular and intelligent little boy who was excelling in all academic areas at school. Cole had a love of Transformers, old and new, and also loved building Lego. He was fascinated with bugs and had built up a collection of eight pet lizards.

Cole will be greatly missed by his mum Hazel, Nana Donna, Papa Francis, Granddad Barry and his wider friends and family.