The parents of the UK’s youngest lung donor have spoken of their pride after his organs helped to save the lives of two people.
Theo Omondi passed away when he was just 41 days old following a sudden illness. But his lungs were donated to save Imogen Bolton – who was five months old at the time – and a young adult, who was given his two kidneys.
Imogen became Britain’s youngest double lung transplant patient after undergoing a seven-hour operation at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital earlier this year.
She had been diagnosed with the rare illness Alveolar Capillary Dysplasia (ACD), meaning her lungs had not properly formed.
But the transplant in October was a success and she is recovering well at home, her family say.
Theo Omondi died when he was just 41 days old following a sudden illness. But his lungs went on to save the life of a five-month-old girl, making him the UK’s youngest lung donor
Theo’s parents, who did not wish to be identified, said the donation had been a ‘once-in-a-lifetime chance’ meeting of two little people bravely and and beautifully fighting for life.
They said: ‘We believe he would have wanted to help others if he had been able to grow up and make the decision himself.
‘We are proud of what Theo could do not just for Imogen, but also for a young adult who now runs their body with his two .
Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant said: ‘Our thoughts are with Theo’s parents and his wider family.
‘They are rightly very proud of the wonderful gift their baby son has been able to give to others.
‘It is incredibly generous to then share their thoughts and the comfort they feel knowing Imogen and her family and other recipients now have hope and life.
‘Their compassion when faced with the terrible tragedy of losing their son, should stand as an example to us all.’