Girl Donates Organs – level 3
Thirteen-year-old Jemima Layzell from England decided to become an organ donor in case of her death. She told her mother, not ever thinking it was going to happen.
In 2012, only weeks later after her decision, Jemima suddenly died from a brain aneurysm. Respecting their daughter’s wish was very difficult for her parents. They admitted the thought of donating Jemima’s organs made them feel quite ill, calling the donation ‘incredibly invasive’. Despite their reluctance, they respected her wish.
Her organs (the heart, pancreas, lungs, kidneys, small bowel and liver) were donated to a record eight people, including five children. A five-year-old boy received part of Jemima’s liver, which saved his life. His mother plans to meet the brave girl’s parents to thank them in person.
Difficult words: aneurysm (a large swelling of the wall of an artery), incredibly (extremely), invasive (invading privacy), reluctance (not wanting to do something).
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