Soldier shot dead in Afghanistan saves four lives with his donated organs
Kingsman Dave Shaw, 23, became 440th British soldier to die in Afghanistan His donated organs saved the lives of seriously ill patients in Birmingham Despite their suffering, his parents believe he died for worthy cause
, and his family said he relished the extra responsibility his veteran status afforded him.
'All the younger ones were excited about getting into the action, but he was able to calm them down and tell them what it was really like,' said Mrs Shaw.
Despite their suffering, Mr and Mrs Shaw believe their son gave his life to a cause worth fighting for
The news that Mr Shaw had been wounded came on Monday, January 14.
'I was at work, and a man from the MoD came round and told my daughter Sarah he was in theatre in Camp Bastion. It's one of the best hospitals in the world so we were quite hopeful.'
Mr and Mrs Shaw were driven to Birmingham by the MoD, but say they had no idea what to expect when they arrived.
His younger sister Sarah Shaw, 25, said: 'It didn't even for a second cross my mind that he would die.
'We were more worried about what to say to him when we saw him, rather than fearing the worst.'
Her father added: 'We didn't know how bad it was until we got there. We were quite hopeful right up until we were told the prognosis, which wasn't good.
'I did will him to wake up a few times. He just looked like he was asleep,' added Sarah.
'We stroked his hair and squeezed his hand, hoping he would squeeze back. He just had a bandage on his neck, it's hard to look at somebody like that and think “there's no hope”. That was the hardest thing.'
Despite their suffering, Mr and Mrs Shaw believe their son gave his life to a cause worth fighting for.
'Just because they're not doing good right on our doorstep, doesn't mean they're not doing good at all.
'A lot of people say it isn't worth it but the things the army are doing in Afghanistan are fantastic,' said Mr Shaw.
'When I think of what he did over there, and the people he helped after he died, I feel so proud.'