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Tragic mum, 32, saves four lives after her death; Liver, heart and lungs offer gift of life.

Byline: STEPHEN WHITE

A SINGLE mum has saved four lives - including two children - after her death, by donating her organs.

Krystal Emily Ann, 32, who had suffered years of ill health, collapsed on July 12 and died two days later.

Her family, including sons Tyler, 16, and five-year-old Leighton, have had some comfort knowing her liver helped save two children, while her heart and lungs went to two men.

A GoFundMe page, to help the family pay for her funeral and to support her two boys, has so far raised PS6,095 towards the PS10,000 target.

Krystal, of Dartford, Kent, suffered from diabetes and needed a kidney and pancreas transplant but could not be saved, said friend Jaki Karrata.

Jaki, 52, an NHS worker, said: "It was her wish if she couldn't be helped, she would help others. Selfless to the end.

"She was a single mum who couldn't work because of ill health. She was loved by so many and leaves a huge void in the MAM MAX hearts of all who knew and loved her.

"She was really popular with other parents. Even though she was on dialysis, she went to her sons' sports day two days before she died and took them to the fair the night before.

"The family are devastated. If Tyler and Leighton inherit her zest for living they will be truly blessed. For Denise, her mum, this is the hardest thing anyone should go through." This year, the Mirror successfully campaigned to change the law around organ donation in England to an "opt-out" system.

Max and Keira's Law could save 700 lives a year and in one of her last acts as PM, Theresa May hailed it a "momentous step for thousands" in need of a life-saving transplant.

LIFE IFE s.white@mirror.co.uk @StephenWhite278

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Date:Jul 30, 2019
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