The little girl whose death could mean a new donor law

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.

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

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.

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