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The little girl whose death could mean a new donor law

The death of Keira Ball meant the gift of life to Max and now a new law will be named after him. Credit: Family

Proposals for a change in the law on organ donation in England to ensure people have to opt out of being donors have passed a significant milestone in Parliament.

Ministers confirmed they would support a Private Member's Bill to introduce presumed consent in England, following the move to an opt-out system in Wales.

Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price also confirmed that the Government would name the changes "Max's Law" after Max Johnson, a 10-year-old boy who was saved by a heart transplant from Keira Ball from Barnstaple.

Max Johnson's life was saved by a heart transplant from Keira Ball. Credit: Family

Keira died last year in a crash on the North Devon Link Road. Her mother Loanna says the fact that her organs saved the lives of four people, including Max, is helping her through her grief.

It's been worth it. You know from something so tragic, and it is horrific for us, to see him smiling at the end of it and him having a life ahead of him is amazing.

– Loanna Ball, Keira's mother

The Bill was given an unopposed second reading by MPs and will now undergo further scrutiny in Parliament.

We are supporting this Bill, we are determined to ensure that we secure more organs available for transplant, because we are very concerned that we are losing lives unnecessarily.

– Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Health Minister

The Labour MP's Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill will now undergo detailed scrutiny by MPs at committee stage.

It must then clear further stages in the Commons and undergo scrutiny in the House of Lords before becoming law.

Jayden Tomlinson-Parson from Radstock is waiting for a heart transplant. Credit: ITV West Country

If Max's Law does become law, it would bring more hope to the family of Jayden Tomlinson-Parson from Radstock near Bath. The five-year-old has a rare condition that means he needs a new heart and may not reach his next birthday.

It's hard for me because potentially we're waiting for another family to go through hell - to lose a child for our grandson to live. And if from a tragedy another child lives it's a blessing in itself.

– Sandra Cray, Jayden's grandmother
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