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Five have lived thanks to ‘Jezza'

NEW LIFE: Jeremy Baird’s death has given life to five others and his mother wants others to donate.
NEW LIFE: Jeremy Baird’s death has given life to five others and his mother wants others to donate. Contributed

THE mother of a 41-year-old man allegedly fatally bashed with a shovel at a Coolum caravan park, takes solace in the fact his donated organs helped give new life to others.

Kerry Baird said one of her son Jeremy's kidneys went to a young girl, while four others also benefited.

"He's gone on to help others, so what I'm hoping to come from this, is for others to do the same (donate organs)," Mrs Baird said.

Raymond Robert Millar has been committed to stand trial at a date to be set in the Brisbane Supreme Court on murder, grievous bodily harm and drug charges.

He is accused of using a shovel to strike Mr Baird on the head on December 3, 2010.

He later died in Nambour Hospital intensive care unit.

When the trial begins, Mrs Baird is hoping those who follow its progress realise her son "Jezza" was so much more than a faceless statistic.

"His organs ending up saving five people who are still living today."

Her other hope is to raise enough money for a headstone for his grave on Stradbroke Island.

Ms Baird wants people to know her son promoted his culture as an Indigenous ranger first at the Noosa National Park, before reinforcing his connection to the land at Fraser Island and then Uluru.

She said the former talented sprinter with Olympic dreams was also a loving father of four and a protective big brother to Tim, aged 38, who has battled brain damage since the first of two serious accidents in 1980.

And even though Tim is intellectually disabled, he now has to care for his mother who needs constant oxygen to battle emphysema.

With the helps of friends, Mrs Baird and Tim have created a memorial pool under their Noosa Heads home that features a sculptured young Aboriginal woman "Kungkawara".

She sits with a rock in her hand: "in memory of my lost son while reflecting on hands that emerge from the water holding a Coolamon that represents life".

"The water feature is for those that have received a gift of life, " Mrs Baird said.

"My biggest concern is that I want it (raising money for a headstone) over and done with in case something happens to me," Mrs Baird said.

"I don't want it falling on to Tim's head to be finding money for a headstone for his brother's grave."

Mrs Baird hopes somebody in the community may be able to help them out.


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