22-year-old's legacy persuades many to sign up as organ donors

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The husband of an inspirational liver transplant patient who campaigned for organ donation says his “selfless and caring” wife’s legacy will live on.

Gareth Jakes, aged 26, has paid tribute to wife Kate who died on August 7.

Kate, 22, from Shard End, documented her transplant journey on a blog called Talking Transplants and in turn inspired others to sign up to the donor register.

But tragically as she waited for a fourth liver transplant she passed away before a match could be found.
“She was just a beautiful human being, inside and out. She was a selfless, caring and loving person who just wanted to help others. She was my wife – my world. She wanted to do everything she could to raise awareness into organ donation.
“She had a huge effect on people who not only knew her, but those who were touched by her through her blog. She wanted to encourage as many people as possible to become organ donors. Kate has left behind an incredible legacy.
“She has inspired so many people to become liver organ donors and I hope people who read Kate’s story will be touched and feel inspired to become liver organ donors themselves. That is her legacy.”
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