Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Baby girl becomes Britain's youngest organ donor

The Independent | Serina Sandhu
Hope Lee (not pictured) was born two minutes before her twin brother at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge Rex

A baby girl who died just 74 minutes after birth has become Britain's youngest organ donor, after her kidneys were transplanted into an adult patient.

Thirteen weeks into the pregnancy, Hope Lee’s parents, Emma and Andrew, found out their daughter was suffering from anencephaly, which prevented her brain and skull from developing properly.

Knowing their daughter would not survive, they chose to donate her organs.

Hope was born two minutes before her twin brother Josh at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge last week. Shortly after she died, she underwent surgery to donate her kidneys to an adult.

Cells from Hope's liver were frozen to be used in people waiting for a liver transplant.

Although Mr and Ms Lee, from Newmarket, were given the option to abort their daughter, they decided upon organ donation after hearing the story of Teddy Houston. Continue reading
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