After Mia Gartland’s heartbreaking death in a road accident, her organs saved others. Mia’s mother Marie Moore tells i of her pride for her daughter, and pays tribute to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital team who were there for the family
An 11-year-old girl who was killed following a road accident has saved five lives after her mother decided to donate her organs.
Marie Moore, 46, described her daughter, Mia Gartland, as a “happy, well-loved wonderful girl” who loved everything about the outdoors, from going on her bike with her sister and playing football to climbing trees and taking the family’s dogs to the beach.
Mia, from Chesterfield, died at Sheffield Children’s Hospital after being knocked down in a road traffic accident in 2017. She suffered brain damage and was unable to recover from her injuries.
The 11-year-old had just started Year 7 and was crossing the road with her older sister on their way to school when the accident happened in October 2017. The inquest into her death found there was no blame. Mia’s sister sustained injuries but made a full recovery.
Ms Moore, Mia’s mother, said: “I have always believed organ donation is the right thing to do after someone dies, so when I was told Mia wouldn’t recover from her injuries, I knew I wanted to donate her organs. I knew if there’s nothing we could do for Mia, at least she could help someone else.