Jemima Layzell saved eight lives after her own death

Jemima Layzell, from Somerset, who died in 2012, donated her heart,
pancreas, lungs, kidneys, small bowel and liver.
Jemima’s parents said she was clever, compassionate and creative –
and would have been “very proud of her legacy”.
NHS Blood and Transplant said no other donor had helped as many
Jemima collapsed during preparations for her mum’s 38th birthday
party and died four days later at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.
Her heart, small bowel, and pancreas were transplanted into three
different people while two people received her kidneys.
Her liver was split and transplanted into a further two people, and both
of her lungs were transplanted into one patient.
Normally, a donation results in 2.6 transplants – eight is very unusual.
‘Special and unique’
Jemima’s mum Sophy Layzell, 43, a drama tutor, and dad Harvey
Layzell, 49, managing director of a building firm, said they knew
Jemima was willing to be a donor because they had spoken about it a
couple of weeks before her death, after someone they knew died in a
Sophy said: “They were on the register but their organs couldn’t be
donated because of the circumstances of their death.
“Jemima had never heard of organ donation before and found it a little
bit unsettling but totally understood the importance of it.”
She said they still found the decision to donate their daughter’s organs
hard, but felt it was right.
“Everyone wants their child to be special and unique and this among
other things makes us very proud.
“Shortly after Jemima died, we watched a programme about children
awaiting heart transplants and being fitted with Berlin Hearts in Great
Ormond Street Hospital.
“It affirmed for us that saying ‘no’ would have been denying eight other
people the chance for life, especially over Jemima’s heart, which
Harvey had felt uncomfortable about donating at the time.”

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