This is the tragic story of a teenage girl who succumbed to death after she collapsed at her home in Horton, Somerset. She donated her organs and has already saved lives of eight people.
Jemima Layzell, 13, an ambitious and courageous school girl, suddenly collapsed at her home while preparing for her Mother’s 38th birthday party in the month of March. This sweet young girl endured an excruciating pain caused due to a ruptured aneurysm deep in the left side of her brain and lost consciousness. She suffered from brain haemorrhage. She breathed her last in the hospital on March 14th, 4 days after the incident. She wished to donate her organs in the event of her death which, was honored by her parents and eight people have already benefited from vital parts of her young healthy body including five young children!
"Jemima's generosity will always be remembered." her parents, Harvey, 43, and Sophy, 38, told the Telegraph. "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” they said. They grieved at a loss of such wonderful potential.
Jemima’s generous heart went to five year old boy; her lungs were donated to a fourteen year old while two boys aged 10 and 5 got new lease of life after sharing her liver! One man got her pancreas and two other people survived with her kidneys. Her small bowel was gone to a boy of three reported The Telegraph.
This beautiful and talented girl loved her school and considered learning as an exciting part of life. Her parents expressed deep sorrow saying they missed her terribly. But Jemima's short life was so full of joy and achievement and finally such generosity, to be celebrated and always remembered, they told the Telegraph. Her legacy continues and two more people shall have their eyesight restored with her donated eye tissue.
A memorial service for the teenager will be held at Taunton School Chapel on May 21.
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