May 13, 2013
Ottawa girl, 17, dies after rugby mishap
By QMI Agency

Rowan Stringer. (Facebook)

A teen girl is dead after a rugby mishap last week.

Rowan Stringer, 17, played rugby for John McCrae Secondary School in Barrhaven.

She suffered a head injury during a recent game and didn’t recover.

In her death, she helped at least half a dozen sick people, according to a Facebook post.

“Her kidneys did go to Sick Kids (in Toronto) for 2 kids there,” her mother, Kathleen Stringer, wrote on a Facebook page called “Rowan’s Recovery.”

“(Her) lungs went to Toronto to help a young woman in her 20s, her pancreas went to Toronto, her liver to London and her heart stayed in Ottawa, just where it should be.”


“This brings great joy and solace to us,” Stringer wrote.

Other group members called her a “natural cheerleader,” an “energizing leader” and “a lil blonde pixie.”

A family member at the Stringer home appeared grief-ridden when she answered the door. She declined to speak.

The Ottawa Catholic School Board issued a brief statement sending their deepest condolences and prayers to John McCrae students and the teen’s family and friends.

A crisis response team is available to school staff and students.


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