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Brit husband-to-be dies in quad bike horror crash just two weeks after proposing
A husband-to-be died just two weeks after proposing, when a horror quad bike crash left him with a severe head injury.
Steven Fairbairn, who left Newcastle 18 months ago to start a new life in the US, was rushed to hospital and put on a life support machine.
The 25-year-old had been on his way back to his tent at the Rednecks with Paychecks Off-road event in Texas, when he and a friend on the same quad bike collided with a Dodge Ram pick-up truck.
Steven’s parents Lynne and Peter, back in the UK, got the dreaded phone call from his fiancée Abbey Green telling them what had happened, and flew out to be at his bedside.
Choking back tears, sister Angela Fairbairn, 28, told Chronicle Live : "He was just lying there, he was hooked up to machines and was in a coma and unresponsive. He had black eyes and a cut on his head that was stitched up.
"He didn’t look as bad as we thought and we said that he looked worse after a night out in Newcastle. We were joking with him saying that he could pull through this.
“But it was explained that doctors had done a test for traumatic brain injury patients to find the level of injury sustained.
“They basically kept him alive until we got there.”
Stevie family agreed for him to donate his organs.
Angela added: "Five different people will be given the chance to live through Stevie.
"His kidneys have gone to two people, his liver and pancreas have gone to another, his lungs to another and the person who gets his heart will have a heart of gold.”
His death has been ruled an accident according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.
His family say he died from a traumatic brain injury with multiple bleeds to the brain and multiple skull fractures.
Angela, who was in the Navy for 10 years, said from the USA: “His funeral will take place in America with a view to a service in Newcastle. He was starting his life here and he was wanting to stay here.
“Stevie had recently come back to Newcastle and had gone out with mum to buy Abbey an engagement ring.
"He went back to America and he and Abbey moved in together on March 1, he then proposed on March 3.
"Stevie had found true happiness and he was planning to get married in the summer.”
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