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Durro saves two more lives

The Durrington family on holidays in Bali in 2009. From left, Alysha, Bethany, Ian, Kerry, James and Thomas.
The Durrington family on holidays in Bali in 2009. From left, Alysha, Bethany, Ian, Kerry, James and Thomas.

AS IAN Durrington's family and friends come to terms with the tremendous loss inflicted by his death on Thursday morning, at least two Australians will be forever grateful for his generosity that continued after his death.

True to Mr Durrington's wishes, the Maclean family arranged for his organs to be donated and since his death they have been notified that at least two people, a young man and a woman, have had successful kidney transplants thanks to his generosity.

It was no easy task for the family who first had to face the fact that the prospect of Mr Durrington's survival away from life support at Gold Coast Hospital was hopeless.

But, like Mr Durrington who never shied away from a challenge, the family forged ahead and a team of surgeons was mobilised across the country.

Kerry Durrington said the family was told her husband's organs would only be viable for transplant if he died within 90 minutes of switching off life-support.

The switch had to take place at night because of surgeons' day commitments and at 1am life support was turned off.

Mrs Durrington and the couple's four children Alysha, 20, Bethany, 18, Thomas, 16, and James, 14 were by his side when he died.

Then the surgical team began its life-saving work.

Mr Durrington, a plant operator contracted to Clarence Valley Council was removing old fencing from the Maclean cemetery on Wednesday, September 26 when he suffered critical head injuries.

Further details are unknown and the matter is under investigation.

Friends and family sat in Durro's Maclean home yesterday discussing a man who would be sorely missed and impossible to replace.

A flick through a collection of photos of the dedicated family and community man and you get the sense that Mr Durrington packed a full life into his 51 years.

The Maclean SES controller who volunteered his time to the SES for 20 years would also donate his skills to worthy causes including the Maclean skate park and sports centre while taking the opportunity to attend virtually any fundraiser on the calendar - especially dress-ups.

A colourful man known for his sense of humour, Mr Durrington was involved in local amateur theatre and friends said he had "dragged" them through plenty of difficult times with humour, wisdom and practicality.

The family is planning a funeral service for Mr Durrington at 1pm on Saturday at the Maclean Showground.

Maclean police yesterday called for any further witnesses to the incident which injured Mr Durrington to contact police.

Topics:  organ donation



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