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Schoolgirl, 13, who died of brain haemorrhage saves lives of eight others by donating her organs

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A schoolgirl who died from a brain haemorrhage aged 13 has saved the lives of eight people by donating her organs and will help a further two regain their sight.

Jemima Layzell had discussed organ donation with her parents and told them she wanted her body to help save others in the event of her death.

Her selfless wish was realised when she suddenly collapsed at home in Horton, Somerset, and died in hospital from a massive bleed in her brain.Schoolgirl Jemima Layzell discussed organ donation with her parents (Picture: SWNS)

Since her death her heart has gone to a five-year-old boy, a 14-year-old was given her lungs and her liver was split between two boys, aged ten months and five.

Two people, aged 19 and 24, received her kidneys, a 40-year-old man was given her pancreas and her small bowel has changed the life of a boy aged three-and-a-half.

Jemima - who wanted to become an author - also donated eye tissue which will restore the sight of two people.

Her proud parents, photographer Harvey, 43, and mum Sophy, 38, today paid tribute to their daughter, who passed away on March 14.

They said: 'Jemima was lovely - clever, funny, compassionate and creative.

'She was a brilliant artist but planned to be an author and left many poems, songs, stories and also serious thoughts about her life and the world's problems and delights.

'She also thought about and discussed death and said of her wish to be an organ donor when she died.

'Eight people have benefited from vital parts of her beautiful young healthy body including five young children.

'Jemima was much loved, was fiercely loyal and cherished her many friends and sister.

'She has left a lasting legacy and example to others, by being an organ donor.

'It is so sad and we all miss her terribly and it seems such a waste of wonderful potential, but Jemima's short life was so full of joy and achievement and finally such generosity - to be celebrated and always remembered.'

Jemima suddenly collapsed at home during preparations for her mother's 38th birthday party at 6.30pm on March 10.

She had extreme pain in her head and lost consciousness. The teenager had suffered a massive bleed caused by a ruptured giant aneurysm deep in the left side of her brain.

Her family called 999 and Jemima was taken to Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, Somerset, and later transferred to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.

She passed away at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children on March 14 as she could not recover from the effects of the major haemorrhage.

Her parents said 'beloved and courageous' Jemima, a pupil of £15,000-per-year Taunton School, had 'spurred' her mother into co-founding MAdD performing arts school.

They added: 'She was quite serious but also enjoyed silly games, consequences, paper games, treasure hunts and tree climbing.

"She usually carted around a large bag with school essentials, her private diary and several books.'

Jemima kept a detailed diary which her parents now hope to get published,

A memorial will be held for her at Taunton School Chapel later this month.

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Reading things like this truly restores my faith in humanity...

I don't want to seem like a jerk / insensitive, but it seems as if people who face life threatening sicknesses at a young age are forced to learn about life much faster than those who enjoy life slowly. They also seem to mature much faster and have a deeper understanding of people, love, and values that really matter.... it's really amazing.

God bless her and her family! I think imma be an organ donor when I die too.

Giving up my organs to save a few people sounds a lot better than rotting in a grave somewhere, to me at least :P

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I don't understand why my mom doesn't want me to be an organ donor. It saves lives when mine is gone.

When I registered for my drivers license, I decided to become a donor.

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Don't hospitals take your organs anyways?

I always thought the papers were just for formality.

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Kudos to the girl for being that thoughtful at such a young age that she would want to be an organ donor.  And kudos to the family as well in allowing for it to happen and honoring their child's wish.  I'm not sure what the legalities involved were, but seeing as that the girl was underaged, I'm presuming that the actual decision to permit organ transplantation to occur lay with the parents.  And being the grieving parents that they were, I'm sure it must have been a tough decision to quickly let the physical parts of their just-deceased daughter be taken away.  So I think that's pretty courageous as well on the parents' part.

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I don't understand why my mom doesn't want me to be an organ donor. It saves lives when mine is gone.

When I registered for my drivers license, I decided to become a donor.

Probably because it against religion or culture

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Don't hospitals take your organs anyways?

I always thought the papers were just for formality.

Pretty sure that's illegal lol unless it's consented. 

Anyway, that's amazing and it's great that the parents listened to their kid. 

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Pretty sure that's illegal lol unless it's consented. 

Anyway, that's amazing and it's great that the parents listened to their kid. 

Yeah, it is. If doctors were allowed to do so, then our waitlists for donors wouldn't be so long. I agree - if I'm dead, I'd rather have my organs donated to others who would benefit from them more than the grass might -_-;

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Probably because it against religion or culture

Not really... it's just that she doesn't want to have my body taken apart... :crazy:

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I got goosebumps reading the article...what a selfless young woman :( May you RIP

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Parents have different beliefs. I don't think my mom would let me be an organ donor since that leaves the incomplete me when I pass away. On the other hand, there are people who thinks that there's nothing to lose in donating their organs, and plus, they're doing a good deed. Personally, I think donating or not, it does not make you a bad person. This young lady is inspiring to many people who don't want to donate organs. Hopefully more people can be like this girl and see how donating their organs can save people's lives! God bless and RIP.

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Not really... it's just that she doesn't want to have my body taken apart... :crazy:

^ Same with my mom...I wanted to become an organ doner when I got my first driviers license....My mom went into a panic attack when I told her I might consider to become an organ donor.

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Not gonna lie, I will never, ever understand people who AREN'T organ donors. I guess religion is one thing, but seriously, you're dead, you don't need your organs, and you have a chance to help someone who is in desperate need. It's not like they're going to leave you'r body a bloody mess for the funeral. Where is the downside in this?

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Not gonna lie, I will never, ever understand people who AREN'T organ donors. I guess religion is one thing, but seriously, you're dead, you don't need your organs, and you have a chance to help someone who is in desperate need. It's not like they're going to leave you'r body a bloody mess for the funeral. Where is the downside in this?

Idk those who don't have their religion or culture going against organ donations are just selfish enough to want to look alive when they are actually dead? I don't care what I look like during my funeral.. in fact I'd like for people to make a beautiful party when I die... I want them to be happy and laugh for the life I lived. Crying is too boring. lol

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not to diminish the greatness of the deed or anything, but how is checking yourself off as an organ donor newsworthy? yahoo's kind of funny like that. it's good for things like this to be brought to public awareness, but this probably happens thousands of times a day. it's just the assumption that if you choose to become an organ donor, your organs save lives.

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