TORONTO, Ontario, Canada — The family of former Norwich captain Michael Serba, who died Monday after an attack in Toronto on Saturday, Nov. 25, today released this statement through St. Michael’s Hospital:
“Yesterday our son succumbed to his severe injuries.
“Michael was a bright, energetic and compassionate young man who proved to be an inspiration to those who knew him. Today, Michael’s legacy lives on through the lives of others. When our family learned that Michael was no longer with us in body, we did not hesitate to donate his organs to help others in need. We are certain this is what our son would have wanted. His organs have now been recovered to save lives.
“Out of this tragedy we are comforted that Michael’s great many qualities of strength, determination, compassion and goodness continue to shine through beyond his life. As an eligible organ donor, Michael’s desire to help others, as he always has, carries on.
“We know Michael is at peace and smiling down at us while offering this most special gift. Our family would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the staff of St. Joseph’s Health Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto police, and emergency personnel in caring for Michael in his final days.
“Finally, we appreciate the endless effort of hospital staff to save as many organs as possible to turn what has been a tragedy for our family to goodness for others and further Michael’s legacy.
“This has been a very difficult time for our family and we are thankful that the media has respected our family’s privacy.