Keira donated her kidneys, liver and heart and was the inspiration for Max and Keira's Law.
Keira Ball was a loving and caring young girl who sadly passed away after a road traffic accident.
Dad Joe says: “Keira was a wonderful sister. She had two older sisters as well as a younger brother and if they were ever squabbling over the last sweets she would always give her last ones away. She was the most thoughtful little girl.”
Joe recalls being approached about organ donation: “It wasn’t something I had thought much about, especially for your children, but I felt it was the right thing for Keira."
She had the kindest heart... I knew she would have wanted to help make other people better.
Through her donation Keira was able to help four people. Her kidneys went to adults, her liver went to a baby and her heart went to a young boy, Max, who was nine at the time. Joe and his wife Loanna received a thank you letter from Max, and the families exchanged cards before finally meeting up.
Joe adds, “Meeting Max and his family bought us some comfort and it was really helpful to see how powerful organ donation is.
Keira lives on in Max and the other people she helped and we are super proud of her.
Keira’s parents, Joe and Loanna, have set up a charity called Inspired by Keira. Says Loanna: “If a family loses a child in a tragic accident then we are here to support those who the Angel has left behind. We also promote and fully support organ donation, we never know who it could be in need of an organ one day.”
Max and Keira's Law
Max and his family campaigned in favour of an opt out system for organ donation, and in 2018 the Government announced that the law would be changing.
In recognition of all the campaigning Max and his family had done, it was to be commonly referred to as Max’s Law, however Max announced he wanted Keira’s name to be added.
The Bill received royal assent on 15 March 2019 and Max and Keira’s Law will be enacted in England on 20 May 2020.