Why families should never overturn a loved one's decision to donate organs

Daily Mail | Caroline Scott

Tragic loss: Ashley (left) and mum Mandy, whose organs were donated

When her phone rang at midnight on Sunday October 26 last year, Ashley Kemp knew that it could only be her father, Mark, calling with the worst news imaginable.

A few days before, her mother Mandy had been admitted to hospital after suddenly developing what was thought to be meningitis.

It was uncharacteristic for the vibrant 46-year-old chef to take a day off work for a cold, let alone end up in hospital - in fact, she was so healthy her GP teased her because she'd barely visited the surgery in 20 years, says Ashley.

But the 'meningitis' turned out to be a ruptured aneurysm - a burst blood vessel in her brain which had led to bleeding between the brain and the membranes that cover it.

Despite the seriousness of her condition, after surgery Mandy seemed to be doing well. But that Sunday night Ashley had been sick with a stomach bug so wasn't allowed to visit her mum.

Then came the midnight call to say Mandy had suffered vasospasm; the blood vessels supplying her brain had constricted and her brain had been starved of oxygen. Continue reading