Family of miracle Leeds tot back organ donor call

Gabrysia Filarowski with her mum Angela.
Gabrysia Filarowski with her mum Angela.
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Lively Gabrysia Filarowski is a picture of health.

The inspirational five-year-old loves her ballet classes – something her parents didn’t even dare to dream would be possible.

Gabrysia was born with a serious heart defect and despite surgery, her parents Angela and Andrew were told a transplant was vital.

This year the tot has marked four years since she was given the gift of life.

Figures reveal that eight people in West Yorkshire have died this year due to a shortage of organs.

And there are currently 353 people in the county on the waiting list for a transplant.

Mum Angela said Gabrysia’s donor helped to save the lives of seven or eight children and the family from Horsforth, Leeds, pray for them every night.

She said: “We thank God every night for her new heart.

“It’s so difficult and nobody wants to face losing a child or any other member of their family.

“It was hugely traumatic for the donor family and we know through the letters we have had that it’s given them the strength to know that some good has come out of their absolute tragedy.”

NHS Blood and Transplant is encouraging more families to talk about organ donation and to encourage more people to sign the donor register.

Around 115 people in West Yorkshire have been given the gift of life with a lifesaving organ transplant last year.

Angela added: “It’s an absolute miracle.

“She can do pretty much anything that any other child her age can do and she is living life to the full.

“We just treasure every minute.”

NHS Blood and Transplant’s director of organ donation and transplantation, Sally Johnson, said: “We are grateful to the families who made these precious donations possible.”

To join the NHS Organ Donor Register, visit: or contact 0300 123 23 23.

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