German Coach Who Died In Rio Has Already Saved Four Lives

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Stefan Henze, the German Olympic canoe slalom coach who died following a car crash in Rio last week, has already saved the lives of four people.

Henze was involved in a crash near the Olympic park last Friday, but despite being taken to hospital with head injuries and undergoing emergency brain surgery, he died on Monday as a result of his injuries.

According to German media, Henze’s major organs have subsequently been donated to four people.

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A spokesperson from the Brazilian health ministry told German newspaper Die Welt: “Heart, liver and both kidneys have been successfully transplanted. Thus he has saved four lives.”

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Henze’s family travelled to Rio after the accident and reportedly gave their consent to the transplants, the Independent reports.

The 35-year-old was in Rio as part of the German canoe slalom coaching team but was also a former Olympian himself. He won a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics in the canoe slalom doubles.

Following news of Henze’s death, the German Olympic committee DOSB said: “Words cannot describe what we feel in the team after this terrible loss.”

And tributes have been pouring in from all over the world:

Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.


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