A teenager who tragically died after suffering an epileptic seizure has been honoured after her organs saved the lives of SIX people.
Becky Roberts was just 17 when she passed away in March this year.
Now the brave youngster, from Scunthorpe, North East Lincs., has been given a posthumous award from St John Ambulance with the words “add life, give hope”.
Becky’s mother, Tracy Roberts, spoke proudly of her “bright and funny” daughter.
She said: “Becky was bright, funny and very talented. She was studying at college and she had a lot of friends.
“She was about to start training to become a games artist and animator with Train 2 Game.”
Mrs Roberts, her husband Geoff, daughter Chelsea and Becky’s grandmother, Sheilagh, attended a private ceremony to receive the Order of St John award on behalf of Becky.
Speaking of the ceremony, Mrs Roberts said: “The award ceremony was very moving. Four families attended from different areas.
“It was very intimate.”
The need for organ donation has become even more desperate as the number of deceased organ donors dropped in the UK for the first time in 11 years during April 2-14 and March this year.
Mrs Roberts said: “Until we got asked the question about donating Becky’s organs, we didn’t know how important it was.
“If there was any way Becky could have been saved by an organ donor, we would have wanted that.
“We tried to put ourselves in other people’s shoes.
“It was great that some good could come out of such a tragedy.”
An new law is due to come in effect in Wales that will presume consent for people’s organs unless they have stipulated otherwise.
In England, the current law states that consent has to be obtained from someone in a qualifying relationship if the wishes of the deceased are not known.
To join the NHS Organ Donor Register visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk