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Parents of Rosie back campaign by Daily Mirror to change organ donor laws

The parents of a girl who waited eight months for a heart transplant have backed a campaign to change the law on organ donations.

Four-year-old Rosie Day, of Woodham Mortimer, was on the organ donor waiting list from December 2015 to July 2016 after she was diagnosed with heart muscle disease.

A successful donor was found and the operation was a success, but during the wait Rosie was in end stage heart failure and had an eight hour operation to attach a mechanical heart, which caused two brain bleeds and multiple strokes, leaving her with severe brain damage.

“Despite all this, we are still the lucky ones. We’ve met many parents whose children just don’t make it.

“This change in the law is vitally needed, we’re one of the last countries in Europe not to have the optout system, and it would help break the taboo around the donation subject.

“Some people just don’t want to talk about it, even less than they want to talk about terrorism.

“There are so many cases when someone dies and were registered, but they families weren’t aware, so they don’t allow it.

“The simple fact is that with more people signed up, the more people can be saved.”

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