I love you my beautiful Jen: Jenna Lowe's dad

2015-06-20 15:53
Jenna Lowe memorial (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

Jenna Lowe memorial (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Cape Town - "It's hard to describe how stoic and brave and beautiful she was". These were the tear-filled words of organ donation campaigner Jenna Lowe's father, during her memorial service on Saturday.

Dressed in a dark suit and red tie, Stuart Lowe said they had walked the extraordinary difficult path with her, and had spent the last three years trying to keep her alive.

The 20-year-old died earlier this month after receiving a double lung transplant in December. She had a rare lung disease called Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, a degenerative, life-threatening condition.

Speaking in a hall adorned with photos of her, red roses and candles at Herschel Girls Senior School, her father said they had learnt three things.

"First is that we couldn't have done anymore. It's hard to describe how stoic and brave and beautiful she was and how she was always just the same person," he said.

The family went to bed with that thought as comfort.

"We would do it all again tomorrow. I am not saying we didn’t make any wrong moves, but we would do it all again tomorrow.

"We couldn’t have done it without our village, without all of you. We will never be able to repay you but thanks for making that okay, that it’s not a debt that’s repayable."

Lowe's “Get me to 21” campaign was intended to encourage people to sign up to become organ donors and help her find a new pair of lungs.

Her father said gratitude defined his daughter.

"There was never a moment she missed the opportunity to say thank you." 

The packed hall wiped tears from their eyes as he spoke.

Lightening the mood a little, he said his daughter tried drinking alcohol like any young person but had been "pathetic" at it. She had always ducked under the covers when people were kissing on TV. She also averted her eyes when the screen showed cruel or unjust scenes.

"I love you my beautiful Jen, wherever you may be, and may you rest in peace"

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