A DEVOTED mum-of-three who died suddenly from a brain haemorrhage has saved FOUR lives by donating her organs.
Stella Gee, 35, was found by her step-daughter Cheryl collapsed and unresponsive at her Leeds Road home.
She was rushed to hospital where surgeons carried out tests which revealed an aneurysm on her brain had haemorrhaged, causing irreparable damage.
Her heartbroken fiance Jeff Ford, a security director, was told the devastating news after she had spent the night in intensive care.
Her death has shattered the lives of their three children, Sophie, 12, Sean, 11 and Sara, 10.
Jeff also has two grown-up children from a previous marriage, Cheryl, 22, and Lee, 27.
He said: “They said the aneurysm had haemorrhaged and there was nothing they could do.
It’s devastating. I have hardly slept since.
“The kids are coping but its not really sunk in yet.
“When I went out to work she was as chirpy as I don’t know what.
“She had been suffering from headaches for about a week but just took some paracetamol.
“She didn’t have any medical conditions and apart from the headaches she had been fine.”
Jeff phoned Stella’s mum and her three brothers and they faced the task of deciding whether to donate Stella’s organs.
Jeff, 52, continued: “Stella was always helping people and we thought that is what she would have wanted.
He had to phone her brother Andrew in Spain and break the news.
“We gave consent for her kidneys, liver, heart and lungs to be donated and we have since heard that they went to four recipients.
“They have told us that they are doing well and will keep us informed.
“It was a family decision, if one of us hadn’t wanted it, we wouldn’t have done it. I think she would have wanted to help people.”
Speaking of happier times, Jeff added: “We didn’t have much money but she always did what she could for the children.
“Looking at the photos of her when the children were younger you can see how proud she was of them in her eyes.
“She was so full of life and a loving mother.”
He said he had asked her to marry him numerous times and they got engaged 10 years ago.
Step-daughter Cheryl added: “She was a mum to me, even though she didn’t have to be.
“She loved all the kids. She will be missed.”
Stella, a former Colne Valley High pupil, enjoyed mountain biking when she was younger.
She grew up in Linthwaite, Slaithwaite before moving to Golcar.
Her family released a Chinese lantern this week at a gathering to celebrate her life.
Stella’s funeral will be held on Tuesday, November 6 at 12.30 at Huddersfield Crematorium.