Parents of Britain's youngest organ donor Baby Hope (74 minutes old) get moving letter from woman who received her kidneys
The parents of Britain’s youngest organ donor have told of their pride at their tragic daughter after receiving a moving letter from the recipient of her kidneys.
Emma and Drew Lee were advised to have an abortion when they found out little Hope would not survive birth.
But the couple wanted her death to help others, and she became a donor after she
died at just 74 minutes old.
Though Emma, 33, said: “It was quite sad because Hope wasn’t there. But we involved her in the celebrations by releasing a balloon in her memory.”
More than 6,000 people signed up as organ donors in the week after our story on the tot, dubbed Angel of Hope.
The couple are now keen to meet her kidney recipient and have asked the woman to make contact at www.facebook.com/hopes.legacy.her.story.
They do not have her contact details due to NHS confidentiality rules.
Drew said: “Many recipients of organs don’t get a chance to say thank you to the donor’s family, so we are lucky she has got in touch. We feel she’s part of our family. We think about her a lot and wonder how she’s getting on.”
The Lees, who also have five-year-old daughter Madie, back the Mirror’s Change the Law for Life campaign, which calls for the Government to introduce opt-out organ donation. It has already been rolled out in Wales.
I can't imagine how painful the loss of your loved one must have been and how difficult it must have been to think about, and to make, the decision to donate their organs to offer a second life to a complete stranger.
I had to be rushed into hospital because my bloods were not looking good.
Ever since the kidney disease my life has never been the same, always in and out of hospital.
I have felt tired all the time. Going on dialysis three times a week was never easy.
There were good days and bad days.
I wanted you to know the difference you have made to my family and me and how much we appreciate your kindness and what must have been a difficult time for you. Your family will always be in my thoughts.
Best wishes for the future and thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Source: Mirror UK