We knew Jemima wanted to be an organ donor because we had talked about it the week before she died. The recent death of a friends’ brother prompted various debates about organ donation, euthanasia and methods of burial. We therefore knew what her wishes were.

  • A 5-year-old boy received Jemima’s heart;

  • A 14-year-old boy received her lungs;

  • Her liver was split and shared between a 10-month-old baby boy and a 5-year-old boy;

  • A 3 ½ year-old girl received a small bowel transplant and an adult female received her pancreas;

  • A 24-year-old man and a 19-year-old man both received a kidney each;

  • As well as her organs Jemima also donated her corneas, which in the future will give sight to two people, in addition to liver cells which were extracted for future use as an alternative to liver transplantation when patients are too sick to undergo a full transplant.

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We focus on encouraging children to talk about organ donation to their parents/guardians because if Jemima hadn't we wouldn't have known her wishes. This is so important because children can usually only receive transplants from other children.


Our creative writing competition is an integral part of our Be Life campaign, please have a look here.Being faced with the death of your child is so devastating, but donating can help heal that loss. Please sign up now.