Dad speaks out about decision to donate Lowton daughter's organs

Leah Davies

Leah Davies

First published in News

A DAD has spoken about his family’s decision to give permission for his daughter’s organs to be donated.

When 19-year-old Leah Davies, pictured, died in a motorbike accident in 2012, her family were left with the decision of whether to let her organs be donated or not – a decision her father Andy says was made slightly easier by the fact they knew what she would have wanted.

As part of National Transplant Week, NHS Blood and Transplant launched a campaign to encourage people to inform their family of their wishes, even if they are registered as a donor.

Andy said: “Before Leah died, we had actually talked about organ donation and we knew what her wishes were. Leah donated her kidneys and her liver. We get regular updates on the people who received her organs – we don’t know specifics about them, just their gender and the organ that they received.

“For me and the rest of the family, the news was devastating, but it is a small comfort that she has helped others regain their lives.

“It would have been more difficult to decide had we not known.”

Leah’s family set up the Love Leah appeal after her death and have raised more than £50,000 for the Home from Home Appeal, which hopes to raise £1m to build relative accommodation at The Walton Centre in Liverpool.

To donate, visit uk.virginmoney giving.com/LoveLeah, or to find out more about registering as an organ donor, visit transplantweek.co.uk.

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