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Girl's decision to donate organs saves 8 people

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 9/8/2017 Ashley May
Jemima's mom Sophy Layzell told the BBC her daughter was "clever, funny, compassionate and creative." © @sofia_shakir, Twitter Jemima's mom Sophy Layzell told the BBC her daughter was "clever, funny, compassionate and creative."

A 13-year-old girl from England who died from a brain aneurysm has left a lasting legacy.

Since Jemima Layzell’s death in 2012, her heart, pancreas, lungs, kidneys, small bowel and liver have been donated to a record eight number of people. Five of the recipients were children.

"In the UK, no-one else has ever enabled eight or more solid organ transplants into eight different recipients," said Corporate Communications Manager Stephen Bailey with NHS Blood and Transplant in the U.K.

According to the American Transplant Foundation, any one deceased donor can, like Jemima, save up to eight lives, and also can enhance more than 100 lives through tissue donation. A report released by the United Network for Organ Sharing in January showed U.S. organ transplants increased by 8.5% since 2012.

Jemima decided to donate her organs a week before she died, according to The Jemima Layzell Trust. In 2013, the Jemima Layzell Trust was founded by Jemima's family to raise funds to support children suffering from brain injury or trauma. 

"Every parent's instinct is to say no, as we are programmed to protect our child. It's only with prior knowledge of Jemima's agreement that we were able to say yes," Jemima's mom Sophy Layzell told the BCC. "Jemima was lovely — clever, funny, compassionate and creative — and we feel sure she would be very proud of her legacy," Sophy said.

More information on organ donation can be found at organdonor.gov.


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