A nurse held Ella Thatcher’s hand as she donated her organs to save the lives of other children.
The 10-year-old girl, who battled Dravet Syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy, passed away after another attack.
She was immediately taken to Evelina London Children’s Hospital where she was declared ‘brain dead.’
Her parents Mike and Anna decided to donate her liver, two kidneys, lungs, pancreas, and heart, which have now saved the lives of five people.
In England, adults will be presumed to be organ donors unless they opt-out of the plan. The government believes the bill known as Max and Keira’s Law will save hundreds of lives every year.
Speaking about her daughter’s last moments, Anna said the procedure was done with ‘so much respect.’
She told the Mirror: “We knew she wasn’t well but we hadn’t expected that. We were just stunned. We realized she was gone and we didn’t want anyone else to feel like we did.
“Before they took her away I was able to lie next to her. The nurse was amazing and agreed to hold her hand throughout the surgery. When she came back she had a lovely blanket over her up to her shoulders.
“You don’t see the scars where she has been neatly sewn together. She just looked asleep and peaceful. It was all done with so much respect.”
Anna said that Ella had “severe special needs and the mental age of an 18-month-old but she was happy.”
She added: “I would say to any other parents in that same situation we were; your loved one isn’t there anymore but if you can stop someone else feeling how you are now then just do it.”
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