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Daily Mirror’s Max and Keira’s Law on organ donation comes into force this week

The new law will save thousands of lives. 

For four years the Daily Mirror has campaigned for the introduction of Max and Keira’s Law, a new opt-out organ donation law to be rolled out across England.

The law assumes that people will donate their organs unless they opt-out, giving hope of new life to millions who need organ transplants.

The new organ law is named after Max Johnson who received a heart from nine-year-old Keira Bell, who died in 2017.

Since then the newspaper together with its readers and Max and Keira’s parents have been raising awareness of the law.

Tomorrow the long campaign will finally conclude, at a difficult time when the coronavirus pandemic has led to a massive decrease in transplants and donations. 

One of those who are waiting for a new heart is a 14-month-old boy called Ethan (featured on the front of today’s Daily Mirror) who has been waiting since August for a new heart.

Max’s message to readers today was “you did it for me…now you do it for Ethan”.

Health Secretary, Matt Hancock said today: “We celebrate a milestone for organ donation as we move to a new system of deemed consent in England which will mean hundreds more lives could be transformed each year. I want to pay tribute to Max, Keira and everyone else who campaigned for this change."

by Hannah Ohm Thomas 20/05/20

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