EIGHT LIVES SAVED BY ONE GIRL

THE do­nated or­gans from one 13-year-old girl have helped to save the lives of a record num­ber of peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to NHS Blood And Trans­plant.

First News - - Big News - by news ed­i­tor Ian Eddy

The as­ton­ish­ing record was re­vealed dur­ing Or­gan Do­na­tion Week, which aims to high­light the prob­lem of a lack of or­gan donors.

When peo­ple die, if their or­gans are healthy they can be used to save the lives of peo­ple who need a trans­plant. When Jemima Layzell died of a brain aneurysm (a bulge in a blood ves­sel), her or­gans saved eight lives, in­clud­ing those of five chil­dren. Her heart, lungs, kid­neys, liver and pan­creas were all used, as well as her small bowel. Her kid­neys went to two dif­fer­ent peo­ple and her liver was split in two so that two pa­tients could ben­e­fit from it.

NHS records show that 35,707 peo­ple have do­nated their or­gans, but none saved as many lives as Jemima. Many peo­ple find the con­ver­sa­tion about do­na­tion un­com­fort­able, but it is im­por­tant be­cause it saves lives.

The NHS’s An­thony Clark­son says: “If you are un­sure, ask your­self: if you needed a trans­plant, would you ac­cept one? If so, shouldn’t you be pre­pared to do­nate?”

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