After his young wife passed away from a stroke only six weeks after the birth of their first child, the grieving widower opened up about his agony.
Shannon Sime, a 29-year-old British hairdresser living on the Gold Coast, died three days after suffering a stroke on August 5.
Ms Sime donated her organs as a final act of kindness, potentially saving the lives of five other people.
Ms Sime’s heart was donated to someone who only had 24 hours to live.
She and her husband, Scott, had only recently given birth to their daughter, Harlow, leaving the father alone to care for their child.
Mr Sime said in an emotional Facebook post that Shannon is the most lovely person he has ever met. She’s made the world a better place, and knowing how many great influences she’s had on people’s lives all over the world gives him comfort.
The couple moved to South Australia from the United Kingdom ten years ago and have made a life for themselves, spending time in Adelaide, Melbourne, and, most recently, the Gold Coast.
Mr Sime said he is “eternally thankful” that his wife chose him to “do life” with.
He is astounded by all the incredible things they’ve been able to accomplish together and how, despite everything she’s been through, she was still able to find the courage to live every day as if it were her last and be as selfless as she is, he added.
According to tributes from family and friends, Ms Sime was “loved by anybody who had the privilege of knowing her.”
Ms Sime’s stroke, according to Daniel O’Hara, came out of nowhere and she hadn’t been sick at the time.
It’s been extremely difficult, he said, because they were so close yet so far away in Adelaide as they were on the Gold Coast.
The 29-year-old is described as a very generous person who spends her Christmases feeding the poor and trimming the hair of domestic abuse victims.
Mr. O’Hara and his wife have set up a GoFundMe page to assist Mr. Sime financially while he is on leave from his job as a crane operator to care for Harlow.
Mr. O’Hara stated that he and his wife met the couple in 2013 while living in Adelaide and have remained friends with them ever since.
He will travel to Queensland on Friday to be by his friend’s side.
He’s a shell of the man he used to be, and Mr. O’Hara believes he’s trying to figure out how to be a parent.
But he’s extremely powerful. He couldn’t imagine having to plan his wife’s funeral at the age of 29, but Scott did it all on his own.
Mr Sime’s parents have moved to Australia from the United Kingdom, but he has no other relatives here.
On the other hand, the Simes have a large network of Adelaide friends who have rallied around the father in his hour of need.
Mr. O’Hara has organized a fundraising soccer tournament and silent auction, with proceeds benefiting Mr. Sime as well as raising awareness about stroke and organ donation.
According to Mr. O’Hara, Ms Sime was “loved by all she met.”
Everyone fell in love with her and Scott because they were contagious, he explained.
She always had a smile on her face and a positive outlook on life.
Over 27,000 Australians had a stroke in 2020, according to the Stroke Foundation, with one in every four having one in their lifetime.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports that 23 Australians died from a stroke every day in 2019, making it one of the top five causes of death.