Jemima Layzell, a student of Taunton School, just a couple months ago was like any other British youth of her age, but now what separates her from others is that even after death she lives in the bodies of eight different people.
Jemima was quite a healthy girl, but a massive brain hemorrhage killed her within few minutes. Her parents, in spite of sudden grief that fell upon them, showed extraordinary humanity and braveness by donating their daughter’s organs which could save the lives of five children and three adults.
Having reached the age of 13, Jemima Layzell gradually began to transform from a child into a very pretty teenage girl. Her father, working as a photographer in Horton, Somerset, captured thousands of her photos covering almost the entire life of his daughter from cradle to the last days of her life.
Jemima’s parents say may be it was a strange and gloomy coincidence, that Jemima was always interested in reading all the materials about organ donation and transplant. She always admired the fact that modern medicine has been able to transplant human heart, kidney or liver, and save peoples’ lives. The girl considered organ transplantation to be one of the biggest achievements of medical science in which failed organs can be replaced by healthy ones like changing the parts in any machine.
Jemima’s mother Sophy Layzell while remembering the words of her daughter says they were a bit disturbed and confused when Jemima, after reading something about another successful transplant, used to say that she would very much like to donate her organs after her death to help those who could still be saved.
Unfortunately, the wish of Jemima has come true much earlier than anyone could imagine.
On March 14, late afternoon, when she was busy in preparations for her mother’s 38th birthday, she suddenly fell unconscious right in front of her home. Ambulance could not make it to the hospital in time and she died on the way, and as it turned out, from a severe hemorrhagic stroke. Doctors declared that she lost consciousness after ruptured aneurysm in the brain .
Although her parents were completely taken down by grief, but they responded in a very mature way and decided to fulfill the wish of their daughter by donating her organs, which were transplanted to eight different people.
Now her heart is beating in the chest of a 5-year-old boy, a 14-year-old girl received new lung, liver of Jemima was split between two little boys aged 10 months and 5 years. Her small intestine saved the life of a 3-year-old kid.
Kidneys of Jemima were transplanted into the bodies of two young men aged 19 and 24 years, and pancreas has been used to produce insulin in the body of a 40-year-old man.
The medical team didn’t stop at this, her eyes have been stored to give sight to two blind people, through which they would be able see this beautiful world.
A memorial will be held in Taunton School on May 21, when Jemima should have been celebrating her 14th birthday.
Hats off to Jemima Layzell! She really deserves to be called as a youth icon.
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