Published Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Katherine Kelley died in a car crash near Portadown. (© UTV)
Just six weeks ago, 21-year-old Katherine Kelley was a bridesmaid at her sister Samantha Mackle's wedding.
Described as a "bright and bubbly" person, she loved going out and she was returning home from a night out nine days ago when she tragically lost her life in a fatal car crash on the Armagh Road.
Katherine was rushed to Craigavon Area Hospital but her family were told that she wasn't going to survive.
On hearing the news, dozens of friends went to the hospital to say goodbye and try and provide some comfort to her relatives.
"There were so many people who turned up, the corridor was jam-packed with people," her sister told UTV Live Tonight.
"Two waiting rooms were packed with people. People in the canteen, smoking area, everywhere.
"Just standing about telling other people stories about how Katherine had a good influence in their life, things that they had said about her that we wouldn't know. It was nice to have that experience of comfort and happiness."
Four others were involved in the one-vehicle collision and another passenger in the car that night, Claire Gough, remains critically ill in hospital.
She had such an impact on anyone's life that she met. If you met her once, when you were out, you would remember her for years.
Her sister and brother both describe a lively girl who loved socialising and was very close with her family.
"I would have come down on a Thursday night to see my mum and she would have been the first person through the door and say well how are you?" Katherine's brother, David said.
"She would have grabbed the two kids and just hugged them, played with them. She was so lively, so bubbly. She was one in a million.
"She just had that sort of personality, it just clicked with everyone," he added.
David said he is dreading the reality of losing Katherine sinking in.
They said the decision to donate Katherine's organs came about when Samantha remembered Katherine had mentioned her intention to sign the donor register.
She would have done anything for anyone, you know, so to know that she was helping someone would have been a wee bit of comfort for her too.
"I remembered that she said that she wanted to do it and I have tried to do everything the way she would have wanted it done," Samantha said.
"I think everybody should, you know, think about having a donor card. You know it is a good thing - you are giving a good gift to someone else."
Katherine's liver was donated to a six-month-old baby in London and her siblings say they will be informed of how the infant is doing after receiving the life-saving gift.
David said: "Whenever I actually sat down and thought about it... she was giving a gift to someone that no one else could give. There'll be a wee part of her walking about in someone else. And it's comforting too."
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