World »Health Kidneys of 23-day old organ donor saves adult's life


YORKSHIRE, UK, JUL 13 - A baby girl who was just 23 days old when she died was the first neonatal organ donor in Yorkshire.

Minnie Duggleby, from Little Driffield, East Yorkshire, died earlier this year at Leeds General Infirmary after being born with heart and breathing defects.

Parents Ami and Liam asked if Minnie's organs could be donated and her kidneys were transplanted into a young adult.

Speaking about their daughter's death, the couple said they were proud she had been able to help another person to live.

Mrs Duggleby said: "If I could have torn out my own heart to save her, I would have, but nothing could change Minnie's fate."

scan just after Minnie's birth revealed a defect called a tracheoesophageal fistula, which meant the pipe connecting Minnie's throat to her stomach hadn't connected properly.

Minnie was taken to Leeds General Infirmary overnight for emergency surgery which proved to be a success. Continue reading