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Organ Donation Week: “My daughter saved six lives”

Hayley Jordan saved the lives of a teenager and a toddle by donating her organs

A mother from Essex is encouraging families to discuss organ donation, after her daughter helped save six lives by donating her heart, lungs, and kidneys.

It is Organ Donation Week and NHS Blood and Transplant is warning of an urgent shortage of donors in the county. 

There are currently 125 people in Essex waiting for a life-saving call and people are being encouraged to “pass it on.” 

Carol Jordan’s daughter Hayley died of a brain haemorrhage at the age of 32. 

Hayley saved six lives by donating her organs. Her heart went towards a teenager and another organ helped save a two-year-old toddler. 

“I know we have had to bury Hayley but she is still alive,” her mother said. 

“Her lungs are breathing, her heart is beating and the people she saved are living normal lives and that’s because of my Hayley.” 

Carol described her daughter as an “outgoing” person who “loved life” and had a big social circle of friends. 

 Dr. Maurice Smith, who chairs the Organ Donation Committee at BHRUT, said: “By donating your organs you can help, and potentially save the lives of, between one to nine people.”

The law surrounding organ donation is due to change in Spring 2020. 

Dr. Maurice Smith (credit: BHRUT)

All adults in England will be considered as having agreed to donate their own organs when they die unless they record a decision not to donate or are in an excluded group. 

“If you do want to donate your organs when you die, the best thing you can do, whether you’re on the register or not, is tell your family,” Dr. Smith said. “That will make it so much easier for them at the end, to know it’s what you wanted.”

You can find out more and register your decision by visiting NHS Organ Donor Register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk and share your decision with your family.

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