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.
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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