Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

Nicole black: her organs were donated for transplants

A brave Ulster mum took time out from her family holiday today to send a poignant 'best wishes' message to transplant boy Paul Donnelly, whose life was saved by her little girl's heart.

A brave Ulster mum took time out from her family holiday today to send a poignant 'best wishes' message to transplant boy Paul Donnelly, whose life was saved by her little girl's heart.

Overcome with emotion, Barbara Black described Paul's mum Bella's intention to call her unborn child, due in September, after her daughter, Nicole as "marvellous news".

The Belfast Telegraph revealed yesterday that four-year-old Paul's heart donor was Nicole Black from Portadown.

Eight-year-old Nicole died tragically in June after a freak accident while playing in the garden.

Nicole and a few other children were pretending to be show jumping horses when she tripped and hit her head on the ground.

Although Nicole was fully conscious, her condition eventually deteriorated after arriving at accident and emergency. After being told hope had gone, the family decided to offer Nicole's organs for transplant.

Her heart was last month given to Paul, who suffers from dilated cardiomyopathy - an incurable enlargement of the heart.

Speaking from Spain where she is on a family holiday, a tearful Mrs Black said she was "absolutely delighted" little Paul had returned home after his life-saving op at the world-famous Freeman Hospital in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

"I am so glad he is doing well," she said. "This is great news and it means so much to us.

"I just want to send my best wishes to wee Paul and his family and wish them all the best for the future."

Recently in the Telegraph, Mrs Black urged people right across Northern Ireland to become organ donors.

Among the other organs transplanted were Nicole's liver to a two-year-old girl; one of her kidneys to a 43-year-old man and a kidney and pancreas to a 32-year-old man.

It is understood that transplant co-ordinators have been in touch with both the Black and Donnelly families.

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