Derbyshire mum backing transplants as daughter donates organs

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A MUM whose teenage daughter died in a car crash has spoken about her daughter’s decision to donate her organs to encourage others to do the same.

Jessica Iddon, of Darley Dale, near Matlock, had spoken of her desire to donate her organs just weeks before the horrific crash that claimed the 17–year–old’s life in June 2008.

As she lay on life support in Chesterfield Royal Hospital, her heart–broken mother, Lindsey Adderson, knew she had to honour her daughter’s wishes, even if it meant being deprived of holding her as she passed away.

Doctors used Jessica’s organs to save the lives of six people.

Her stem cells were also used.

Now Lindsey is campaigning to raise the profile of organ donation in the hope more people will become life–savers like Jessica.

Only 31 per cent of people are on the National Organ Donor Register despite almost everyone saying they would accept an organ if they needed one.

To find out more about organ donation log on to organdonation.nhs.uk orcall the national helpline on 0300 123 2323.

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