Family’s Decision To Donate 19-Year-Old’s Organs After Her Tragic Death Saves Six Lives
Emma Witty didn’t get enough time, but the 19-year-old has given invaluable gifts to six other people.
Witty died of a sudden brain aneurysm in June of 2013. The aspiring photographer from Leeds, England, became an organ donor.
After Witty’s death, doctors moved quickly to give failing patients her organs.
Both a 1-year-old and an older man received pieces of Witty’s liver. Her kidney and lungs were given to a pair of middle-aged men.
Witty’s heart saved the life of a 20-year-old woman, while a 50-year-old man received Witty’s pancreas and second kidney.
Even Witty’s corneas went to help a patient.
Witty’s boyfriend, Oli Dobson, said the choice to donate was an easy one — when the doctors asked what she would have wanted, Dobson and her parents knew what they should do.
Witty was passionate about giving to those less fortunate and, in her memory, the family made the decision to donate her organs. Dobson says that’s a reflection of the girl he knew and loved.
She would want to do what she could to help others. That’s the type of person she was.
Witty’s friends have also made efforts to bring awareness to the importance of organ donation.
The “4000ft to Freedom” campaign raised money for Witty’s friends to climb three mountains with the proceeds going to the Stroke Association.
The group, which includes Dobson, played “Freebird” at the top of Scotland’s highest peak in July. The song was Witty’s favorite.
To date, Witty’s friends have raised over $3,500 in her memory — more than twice their original goal. And, it’s only one of several fundraising projects started in her name.
Both Witty’s loved ones and those whose lives she saved are working to ensure she’s never forgotten.
H/T: Daily Mail, Photo Courtesy: Ross Parry