Organ donation: ‘There were never any doubts – we just said go ahead’

The Powell family had to make a quick decision when they lost their daughter

Karen Powell died in a car accident and her lungs,   liver and heart valves were donated

Karen Powell died in a car accident and her lungs, liver and heart valves were donated

The subject of organ donation came up on a television programme that Sarah Powell was watching a few years ago with the second youngest of her seven children, Karen, at their home in Gurteen, Co Sligo.

“She just said to me ‘if anything ever happens to me, I want to do that’,” recalls Sarah. At the time, her daughter was studying healthcare support at the Westport College of Further Education, which included a first-aid responder course.

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