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Nurse held 10-year-old Ella’s hand as she donated organs to save lives of five kids

A family has told of the heartbreaking final moments they spent with their daughter before her organs were donated – and saved the lives of five other children.

Ten-year-old Ella Thatcher’s sudden death from an epileptic seizure mean her heart, lungs, liver and pancreas and two kidneys saved others from a similar fate.

It comes as an historic organ donation bill should become law today with the granting of Royal assent to herald the start of a cultural shift towards life saving transplants.

Presumed consent will come in to force next year meaning organs will be donated unless a patient had opted out. But crucially, bereaved family will still be able to veto transplants.

Ella suffered from a severe form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome but the family thought she had it under control after her seizures reduced from 55 a month to one every six months.Continue Reading

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