A-level student hit by car day before final exam saves nine lives by donating organs

INDEPENDENT | Katie Foster
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The tragic death of a teenage student who was hit by a car the day before her last A-level exam may have saved the lives of nine people through organ donation.

Kate Whalley, from north Leeds, had taken the bus back from a psychology exam and had nearly arrived home at the time of the fatal crash on Thursday afternoon.

Her father said the wishes of the “beautiful” 18-year-old had been carried out as she was on the organ donor register – a sign of her “selfless character”.

Doctors told her family she had suffered severe head injuries and would not survive, but kept her on life support for one day to organise recipients for nine of her organs, including her heart, lungs, liver and kidneys.

The two people who received her kidneys “are doing well”, Michael Whalley, 54, told the Harrogate Advertiser.

“I think it’s wonderful. It just shows the spirit and zest for life that Kate had that she wanted to give life to others,” he said. Continue reading
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