Max and Keira's Law
Max’s gift of life came from a young girl, Keira Ball, who passed away aged 9 years old.
Keira donated her kidneys, liver and heart - which went to a young boy called Max. Her donation 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 in the summer of 2017.
Dad Joe said, “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.”
When approached about organ donation Joe said, “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 and was the most thoughtful person. 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 Johnson – who was nine at the time. Joe and his wife Loanna received a thank you letter from Max and exchanged cards before meeting in the summer of 2018.
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 now set up a charity ‘Inspired by Keira’. Loanna adds, “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 Johnson and his family campaigned in favour of an opt-out system for organ donation. In 2018 the Government announced that the law would be changing and would be commonly referred to as Max’s Law, in recognition of all the campaigning Max and his family have done. 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.