Two lives saved after kidneys from Northamptonshire teacher's little girl are transplanted to two women

Olivia Wood - the little girl of a Weedon Bec teacher - tragically died four days after surgery. She was five years old.

By Alastair Ulke
Friday, 13th March 2020, 6:00 am
Olivia Wood - the five-year-old daughter of a Weedon Bec teacher - passed away in February. But her kidneys have been transplanted to save two lives.
Olivia Wood - the five-year-old daughter of a Weedon Bec teacher - passed away in February. But her kidneys have been transplanted to save two lives.

Two lives have been saved after the kidneys of Northamptonshire teacher's little girl who died following surgery were transplanted to two adult patients.

Olivia Wood - a five-year-old girl who was "known for her smile" - died in February after suffering complications from surgery she had four days earlier.

She is the little girl of Weedon Bec Primary School teacher Aimee Wood. In the week after her passing, the school held 'Olivia's Smile Day' - a charity day where students and staff wore sparkles to remember Olivia and raised £1,000 for a friendship bench.

Now, the Mirror has reported that two lives have been saved after Olivia's kidneys have been transplanted into two adult women.

Speaking to the Chronicle & Echo in February, Olivia's mum Aimee - from Nottingham - said: "She was five and the difference she made to people was incredible. She filled a room with joy and she had a joy that infected the world, she commanded a room in an instant.

"I would give anything in the world to have her here right now but as a family we say if you can't change something we have to change the way we respond to it and I say that to the children at school.

"I was so proud to be her mum."

In February, Olivia underwent surgery at Birmingham Children's Hospital for an existing heart condition, but sadly died four days later due to complications. Doctors had expected her to live into her 30s.

A GoFundMe page to help Olivia's mum and dad say goodbye to their little girl has also been set up ahead of her funeral later this month. It has already raised over £11,000.