Mum shares the last moment with her son ‘He picked me a flower and said “I love you Mummy”. Moments later Jimmy was hit by a train’.

When Jimmy was three years old he was struck by a train after wandering near the tracks that ran behind his family home in Ballarat, Victoria.

It was the last week of the 2011 September school holidays when Jimmy came inside to give his mother flowers he’d picked from the garden.

He handed his mum a blue iris and a red tulip, the stems too short for her to hold, and told said: ‘I got some flowers for you mum, they’re beautiful just like you’.

‘I love you mum,’ he said, before going back outside to play.

Jimmy was outside with older siblings Riley and Tehya, now 12 and 10 years old, as well as his friend Amy.

Doctors tried everything to save Jimmy’s life, but there was nothing they could do.

His parents, Jon and Michelle, made the decision to donate his organs, and Michelle told Daily Mail Australia they started a Foundation in his name to raise awareness about tissue and organ donation.

‘It’s a way people can talk about Ethan in a positive regard,’ Ms Seccull said.

Jimmy’s kidneys and heart valves were donated, saving three lives.

Ms Seccull said she hopes to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation through Jimmy’s foundation. The foundation is Jimmy’s legacy.

The family started the Ethan ‘Jimmy’ Seccull Foundation to help raise awareness about organ and tissue donation.

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  • A child can slip out of sight so quickly but at some point you have to let them have some independence and in your backyard is normally the safest place to start when out with older siblings. Possibly he had a passion for trains and may have climbed up the fence.


  • So sad yet he was destined for bigger and better things saving other lives.


  • Very sad and touching story,the foundation is a wonderful idea.


  • How sad is this !
    Hope and pray this family finds peace and strength when they mourn their wee boy.


  • This story made me cry. Really brings home the ‘tell your loved ones that you love them today because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed’


  • What a great way to remember their loving son! Helping save three other lives is absolutely amazing!


  • This is incredibly sad. I think his family will never recover from this terrible loss. But I think their idea of starting that Foundation has been really amazing.
    He was such a sweet boy. :-(


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