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14th May 2021

Family of 9-year-old killed by lightning donate his organs to save three other kids

Charlie Herbert

Jordan Banks tragically died on Tuesday evening

The family of Jordan Banks, a nine-year old boy who was killed by a lightning strike on Tuesday, have donated his organs in the hope that they will help save the lives of three other children.

Jordan was hit by a lightning strike during a freak storm while he was playing football on a field in Blackpool.

Jordan’s dad, Matt Banks, said in a Facebook post that he hoped to continue his son’s legacy of “kindness.” He also told parents to treasure every moment they have with their children.

The message read: “He had the biggest heart and would do anything for anyone, and when parents say they have the best kid ever, he [genuinely] was the best ever and if I ever could have asked for a perfect child that was my Jordan.

“I couldn’t have been prouder of him always putting other people himself, such a selfless little person.

“Even now his kindness has meant that three other children may be able to live, as he always told us he wanted to be able to help other people if he could. So was a donor and has donated which we know will be what he wanted.”

The nine-year-old had already spent his life helping others, having raised £3,000 for mental health causes this year by running 30 miles, and leaving sweets on police cars in lockdown to cheer officers up.

He was also a Liverpool fan, and Reds player James Milner dedicated his side’s 4-2 victory over Manchester United to Jordan.

The Liverpool players all wore tops with the number 7 on and Jordan’s name in their warm-up session before the match.

As reported in the Metro, Jordan’s dad Matt told parents to treat every day with their children as “precious”.

He continued: “Literally words can’t even explain how heartbroken I am.

“Not only have I lost my little boy I have lost my little best mate. We would sit and talk for hours about his future and he would always ask me what I wanted his children to call me, and we both decided on Papi.

“I never took anything for granted and I always made sure we had quality family time and did whatever I could to show him how much he was loved and how special and beautiful he was.”

He added he hopes no one else ever has to go through the pain he is suffering, saying: “What I ask of anyone with children cherish every moment, even moments that seem too insignificant right now.

“Picking them up from school, putting them to bed at night, making them a drink have tea time together… as you never know when moments like that will be taken away from you.

“It only feels like yesterday I was making Jordan a brew, putting him to bed, getting kisses, squeezing him and playing with him.

“Don’t take any time for granted as you may end up wishing you had more like me! So please, please, if you are busy and they might want to play a game or watch something with you just find time because it’s priceless.”