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Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Newmarket baby becomes UK's youngest organ donor
A baby who died 74 minutes after birth has become the UK's youngest organ donor.
The parents of Hope Lee had known for months she would have a short lifespan due to a deadly brain and skull condition.
Emma and Andrew Lee, from Newmarket, agreed Hope's kidneys would be made available for transplant.
Mr Lee said: "There's an adult lady out there who is doing very well, so a lot of good has come out of it."
Andrew and Emma Lee with their elder daughter Maddie
Hope was born at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, last week ahead of her twin brother Josh, as first reported in the Cambridge News.
Her parents found out she had a condition called anencephaly in the 13th week of pregnancy and they rejected having her terminated.
Mr Lee said: "It was a very sad time, but our whole family are signed-up for organ donation.
"We had time to plan everything we wanted to do and the hospital was able to put into action the transplant of the kidneys and some liver cells were taken as well."
Neo-natal organ donation
43 babies under two-years-old have donated organs in the UK since 2005
Only 11 babies under 60-days-old have donated organs in the UK
Hope Lee is the second baby with anencephaly to donate organs
Hope is the youngest baby to donate organs for transplant in the UK
NHS Organ Donation
Hope's father said if they had not planned it in advance, they might not have been able to go through with the organ donation plan after Hope was born.
"Just before she died she bent her fingers around my finger and I broke down," he said.
"Seventy four minutes isn't long, but it has given us a chance for a bit of closure."
Sally Johnson, NHS Blood and Transplant director, said: "It is exceptionally rare for very young babies to become organ donors.
"We are very grateful to Emma and Andrew for making such a courageous decision and to offer a chance of life to others at a time of personal loss."
Teddy Houlston of Cardiff was the
previous youngest organ donor
in the UK after he died about 100 minutes after his birth in in 2014.
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