A COUNCIL worker who died as a result of a vicious unprovoked attack has saved the lives of four people after donating his organs.
Chris Milenovic proposed to his girlfriend on July 20, 2004, when he was 22 and then spent the afternoon celebrating in the Crown Hotel in Huddersfield town centre.
The Marsh man attempted to escape the crowds who had gathered to watch Euro 2004 and went across the road to use the toilet in Huddersfield Bus Station.
Followed by two men in what the police believe was a case of mistaken identity, Chris was beaten up and left with severe head injuries including a fractured skull.
Although the attack was captured on CCTV, the footage was too dark and his attackers have never been found.
The former Newsome High School student’s injuries developed over time and two years on he was forced to leave his job as a Kirklees Council street cleaner on account of his debilitating condition.
He regularly suffered fits and was left with brain damage, sight loss and epilepsy.
His personality changed which caused his relationship with fiancee Rachel Bracewell to breakdown.
Eventually Chris required 24-hour supervision from his mum, Ann Fergusson.
On January 12, he fell down stairs at his home and, due to his pre-existing injuries, died the next day. He was just 30 years old.
Now six months after his death his mum has received news that his organs have gone on to help at least four desperately ill people, including three teenagers.
Ann said: “I heard that a 16-year-old girl who was in the end stage of cystic fibrosis at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London received his lungs and from the last feedback she was doing fine.
“One of his kidneys went to a 16-year-old boy with a family history of kidney problems and the other to a 14-year-old-boy.
“Chris’s liver went to a 50-year-old woman who had suffered complications on the operating table.
“Some of his long bones, skin and tissue are still being held for recipients.
“Chris was really into his motorbikes – he was always pulling them apart and fixing them and I would often walk into my kitchen to find motorbike parts on my floor.
“When he got his licence we talked about organ donation in case anything ever happened to him.
“He said he wanted to donate his organs and I know he would be relieved to know that they have gone on to help people.
“He’d probably be making a joke about what a hero he was. He had such a wicked sense of humour and flirted with everybody – it didn’t matter if they were 20 or 60.
“He had so much energy and always kept us on our toes.