Question: how did a 12 year old girl mark 10 years since undergoing a life-saving organ transplant A) climb Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in England and Wales; B) hire out the Guildhall in London to throw a big party and raise funds for charity; or C) go to Disneyland with family and friends? Answer: A climb Mt Snowdon. Ella Noon from Colwyn Bay decided to embark on the lofty challenge not just to mark the tenth anniversary of the liver transplant she received when she was just 26 months old, but also to highlight the importance of organ donations. As the now 12 year old explains, “I have always wanted to do something challenging to show the world that having a transplant doesn’t stop you from doing exciting and challenging things…I thought it was important to mark 10 years since my transplant because without it, I wouldn’t have survived. The liver I received gave me another chance at life so I’m determined to live it in honour of my donor.” And accompanying Ella was a Ms Lindsey Adderson the mother of her donor Jessica. As Ms Adderson said, “Today is about celebrating Ella’s life, and remembering Jessica, whose passing saved her life.” A 12 year old climbing a mountain? Now that’s one Ella of an achievement.
June 21, 2018