Tragic rugby player Ronan Costello saved five lives with his donated organs

Organs from the 17-year-old rugby league player who died from injuries sustained in a match earlier this month have been donated to help save the lives of five other people.

Ronan Costello

Ronan Costello died in Leeds General Infirmary a fortnight ago after failing to recover from a freak injury sustained while playing for Huddersfield academy against Salford and was laid to rest last Friday.

A statement issued by his family said: “In accordance with Ronan’s wishes, his family have made the heartfelt decision to donate some of his organs.

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“Ronan was a loving and caring lad who was dedicated to his family and friends.

“Ronan’s family are comforted that he has gone on to help five other people live their lives and survive, showing a final act of generosity.”

Huddersfield’s head of youth Andy Kelly, who is currently performing the role of head coach, said: “What a beautifully courageous act by one of the bravest, most dignified families I have the honour of knowing.”