Mum whose girl, 11, was killed after surviving cancer meets boy her organs saved

A mum whose daughter died in a tragic accident after surviving leukaemia has met the little boy whose life was saved by receiving one of her organs.

Amelia Wood, 11, who was described as "bionic" by her family, died when she was struck by the wheel of a Land Rover as she walked to school.

Her heartbroken mum, Hayley Hodson, 39, made the decision to donate her daughter’s organs for transplant.

And as a result of her actions, four lives were saved.

A young boy received a kidney after being on the waiting list for more than a month. Another young boy receive a kidney after waiting just a few days.


Amelia’s liver was split, with the other half transplanted to a woman in her 20s.

Seven-year-old Daniel Hirst, who was born with his bowel outside his body, received part of her liver, her pancreas and small bowel.

Now after a kind remark on Facebook, Amelia’s mum from Manby in Lincolnshire has been able to meet Daniel and his family from Leeds.

They contacted each other after Daniel’s dad left a message on the organ donation website, saying: “Thank you for your special gift”.

“I knew instantly their boy was the one who’d received three organs,” Hayley explained.

The families started messenging each other and Daniel’s parents told her how they’d had an “overwhelming” need to say thank you.

Hayley added: “I cried when I saw the pictures of Daniel on Facebook in hospital.

“I told them that Ameila was a bionic girl, she was so healthy, she never even got a cold and was super fit.”

Amelia had battled leukaemia when she was just three years old but after treatment and blood transfusions had made an incredible recovery.

Hayley said: “When we met it was like going to a friend’s house. It was just so natural.I had such a bond with his mum.

“I understand the pain of having a sick child from Amelia’s time in hospital when she was little.

“It has been wonderful to give Daniel’s mum a more positive future.”


Hayley, who also has sons Oscar, eight, and Dexter, four, said: “It was great to see Daniel. He’s just like my boys into Lego and dinosaurs.

“When I got home Oscar asked where I’d been and I told him ‘I’ve been to see the little boy who got three of Amelia’s organs’.

“Oscar just asked ‘Was he nice?’ and I said ‘Yes, he’s nice – just like you.”

His sister Amelia died after she was struck by a wheel which came off a passing 4×4 after leaving home at 8am, to walk to her school bus on March 6th.

“It is a busy road with hundreds of children walking up and down it every day.It should never have happened,” Hayley said.


The mum was on the M18 on her way to a kitchen exhibition when her partner Craig Kuzemzak, 35, called to tell her she had to come home as there’d been an accident.

“I just knew she’d gone. I just knew. When I got to the hospital they told me ‘We need a miracle’,” she explained.

But it didn’t come and the mum spent 24 hours holding her daughter’s hand as they waited for the organ team to organise the transplant.

Talking about the importance of organ donation she said: “You will never regret doing it but you will regret it if you don’t.

“I cried when I heard she’d saved four lives.

“If Amelia hadn’t donated her organs, those four people could have died.”

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Daniel’s mum Helen Yardley said: "Hayley is wonderful and selfless. I am so glad we met and I am so proud of her being a finalist in The Pride of Britain."

Hayley will be attending The Pride of Britain awards in London where she is a finalist to honour her fantastic fund raising in memory of Amelia.

So far she has raised more than £30,000 to be shared among Queen’s Medical Centre, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire air ambulance and Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

If you can help Amelia’s mum raise funds please visit http://www.facebook.com/inmemoryofameliawood/

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