A COURAGEOUS teenager is urging people to consent to organ donation inspired by her mum who saved five people after she died last year.
Gwenllian Boyns,16, from Ruthin, is determined to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation after her mum, Elen Meirion, donated her organs to five people who needed life-changing transplants.
Elen, 43, a teacher at Ysgol Pen Barras, passed away in April last year just two days after she fell down the stairs in an accident at her home in Rhewl, near Ruthin.
Elen’s pancreas, liver, kidneys and heart valves were donated to patients who needed life-changing transplants.
Gwenllian, a pupil of Ysgol Brynhyfryd, in Ruthin, said: “It was amazing really, only a few weeks before mum’s accident we discussed donating organs as I was preparing a speech on the subject which I was writing to present in front of my English class.
“When being told my mum would not get better after her accident doctors asked if donating her organs would be appropriate.
“I think we really need to raise awareness within families about organ donation so everyone knows what people want to do. Everyone should discuss it like mum and I did. It made the decision so much easier when we were told she was going to pass away.”
Gwenllian has received three letters, which must be anonymous, from some of the people who received her mum’s organs.
Gwenllian and her dad, Robert Boyns, want to help Glan Clwyd Hospital by fundraising for the ICU department.
Robert competed in his first ever triathlon, raising £4,572 for charity Amyr Las, in support of the hospital.
Gwenllian said: “The support we received from the hospital and healthcare staff was wonderful and this is why my dad and I decided to fundraise and donate money to the hospital through the charity Awyr Las. They were very understanding and explained everything in detail.
“There is a family room in the ICT department where we could go to rest but it was very dated and quite small.
“I think what is needed is a comfortable room where you could go just for an hour or so to try and relax. Somewhere with good Wi-Fi so you can access e-mails and let everyone know what’s happening.
“I found that everyone, other than close family at the hospital, were desperate for news of what was happening yet we couldn’t let them know. So just being able to access Facebook or your emails would be really helpful.”
Robert said: “I really wanted to support Gwenllian and to give something back to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. Everyone at the hospital had been very kind and caring to Gwenllian and family at their time of need.
“They were empathetic, professional and caring and made what was a difficult time more bearable.
The money donated will go towards upgrading the relatives’ room with suitable furniture, entertainment and artwork as well as patient needs.
Cath More, community fundraising co-ordinator for the charity Awyr Las, which is Welsh for Blue Sky, said: “The heart-warming feeling I get from speaking to inspirational people like Gwenllian and Robert, who just want to give something back, astounds me on a daily basis and it just shows how lucky we are to have such wonderful community support to help make a difference for healthcare across North Wales.”