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The parents of Jemima Layzell, who died from a brain aneurism, are publishing her private diaries (HJ Layzell/PA)

The parents of Jemima Layzell, who died from a brain aneurism, are publishing her private diaries (HJ Layzell/PA)

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The parents of Jemima Layzell, who died from a brain aneurism, are publishing her private diaries (HJ Layzell/PA)

The parents of a 13-year-old schoolgirl who died from a brain aneurism have published her private diaries.

Jemima Layzell collapsed suddenly at home in Horton in Somerset and later died in hospital having suffered a massive bleed on her brain in March last year.

After her death, Jemima's parents Harvey, 44, and Sophy Layzell, 39, discovered her private diaries, which she started writing aged four, in her bedside cabinet.

Jemima had dreamed of becoming a writer when she grew up, so her parents decided to try to publish the diaries. Her writing has now been made into a book, called The Draft, which has attracted praise from distinguished children's authors Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Morpurgo.

Mr Layzell, a photographer, said the family wanted to raise awareness of organ donation and children hearing voices through the book.

He said: "We are exceedingly proud seeing Jemima's own words in print especially as most of it has never been read during her lifetime. Sharing her private thoughts could be thought of as quite invasive but we decided to publish Jemima's diaries not just because she was so talented but also to raise awareness of such things as hearing voices."

The teenager collapsed at home without warning during evening preparations for Mrs Layzell's 38th birthday party on March 10 last year. Jemima, who attended Taunton School, died at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children at 4.28pm on March 14.

She had previously expressed a wish for her organs to be donated and they saved the lives of two five-year-old boys, a 14-year-old girl, a ten-month old boy, a three-and-a-half year old boy, two people aged 19 and 24, and a 40-year-old man. Three people have also had their sight saved.

Jemima's book, The Draft, went on sale on May 21 - what would have been her 15th birthday. Ms Wilson also said: "I think it's the most beautiful, touching, heart-breaking book. It must be devastating to lose such a wonderful, talented child, but clearly this precious book is one way that she will live on in everyone's hearts."

Jemima's book The Draft is available from Amazon and selected Waterstones stores.