A WIDOW has received an award after her late husband’s organs helped to save and improve the lives of six people.
Judy Tatlow, pictured, of Back Lane, off Belle Vue Road, Leek, has received the St John’s United Kingdom award for organ donation at a ceremony at Stafford.
Judy’s husband of 50 years, Arthur, died on at the age of 68 on May 24, 2012, in hospital. He left all his organs for transplant.
However, Judy said that despite the fact he was always in favour of people signing up for organ donation, he had not informed her that he had made the personal choice.
Mr Tatlow said: “I believe that Arthur's organs have already help six people and there are still others he will help.
“I did not know that Arthur had agreed to donate all his organs.
“On the night he died I was obviously in shock and heartbroken.
"The hospital staff came to me virtually straight away, which was at the worst time of my life. They told me that he had agreed to donate his healthy organs which would be used to help others.
“I was against it and would not sign as I was in total shock.
“However, after a discussion with the family I agreed that we should do what Arthur wanted and I signed the forms.
“Now I have found that it has helped me a lot, as I know other people have benefited.
“I know that Arthur is still around the country somewhere, but I will not know who he has helped.
“I am so glad I did it has it as helped to give some people a better life. I urge other people to sign up to organ donation as there is no better thing.”
Arthur, who work as an engineer at tje Thomas Bolton Copper Works in Froghall for several years, lost a leg in a motorcycling accident when he was just 18.
Mrs Tatlow, aged 68, added: “Arthur was a very good engineer and also very funny and always joking.
“We also owned a 100-year-old stationery engine which he loved taking to shows.
“Arthur was a character and funny. He was also widely known in the Moorlands. We had been together for 50 years.
“On my 60th birthday he told me he had brought me a big present which he had outside.
“I went out to look at it and there was a lot of scaffolding which he said was a present to allow me to paint the top side of the house.
“I would like to encourage people to take up the opportunity and sign up for organ donation as they are desperately needed. It is a marvellous thing and it does make you feel better.”
The award presented to Judy read: “The Order of St John’s is pleased to award and dedicate the insignia of national recognition to the cherished memory of Arthur Leslie Tatlow for the selfless contribution of adding life and giving hope to others from the gift of organ donation.”