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By Gavin Kinnaird
Autumn 2007, Wrexham
A digital story from Yale College

"It was a Monday when I received the news that my cousin David had died. He was 21 and was disabled. He couldn't walk or talk. He was special to all who were related to him. Due to his illness he was never expected to live a full life but it still came as a shock to me that he had passed away.

I have many great memories of being with him and around him. Whenever we went to Scotland to see him, we would always go for a day out which would always be a brilliant time. I remember his laugh of excitement whenever we would go to the house. He would know we were there before we even set eyes upon him.

I wish I could have seen more of him but Aberdeen is 7 hours away and I can't drive. The funeral was harder than I expected but I was surprised to see what a happy occasion it turned out to be as well. We were celebrating an extraordinary and special guy. Sometimes it was difficult to see David the way he was but he could still have a great time just like any other person even through all the suffering.

It's sad he has passed away but now I can take comfort he is finally free."

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