A five-year-old girl with 'half a working heart' has saved the lives of two women after her tragic death following a planned operation.
The devastated parents of Olivia Wood said her kidneys had been transplanted to two adult women after she died last month.
Aimee and Paul, from Cropwell Butler, told Nottinghamshire Live how their daughter was known for her smile and refused to let her health affect her happiness.
Although she had a heart condition, she was expected to live into her 30s.
However she died from complications four days after the operation took place at Birmingham Children's Hospital on February 20.
Mrs Wood, 40, said: "She'd been into hospital for an operation, it was a planned operation.
"And, sadly, for whatever reason which we still don't know there was unexpected post-surgery complications when she was in recovery.
"And, sadly, days later she died following needing CPR… It was never anticipated we wouldn't bring her home.
"It was very much that this would help give her another 10 years of life."
Mrs Wood, who teaches at a school in Northampton, said: "She was in recovery so we were with her on the ward, she'd been through the operation… So when they went to remove her ventilator tube she suffered a cardiac arrest.
"Basically, they tried CPR for an hour so she was resuscitated and put onto the ECMO machine which is one of the incredible machines that keeps the heart and lungs alive when the body can't allow those things to function."
Mrs Wood added her daughter suffered brain damage "as a result of the lack of oxygen to the brain".
Mr Wood, a 47-year-old musician, said his daughter was pronounced dead at 12.37pm on February 24.
He explained Olivia's kidneys had been transplanted to two adult women.
Paying tribute to her daughter, Mrs Wood said: "This little girl in five years basically seemed to have this unique way of touching the hearts of everybody she had anything to do with.
"And that was her doing really, it was just something in her nature…
"Olivia was one of those children that never, ever let her health affect her happiness.
"And I think that's been the huge key that, despite restrictions of life, and having less energy than her peers, she just, literally, lived her life to the full. She was known for her smile."
Louisa Hussey, headteacher of the Cropwell Bishop Primary School which Olivia attended, said: "Olivia made an enormous impact on our school and the whole community.
"She brought smiles and sunshine to everyone she met and filled the class with her infectious personality.
"It is wonderful to see the community coming together to support each other and her fantastic family and remember her in such a positive way."
More than £11,000 has been raised to help support the family and money can pledged by clicking here.
Hundreds are expected to attend Olivia's funeral in Cropwell Butler later this month.
Dr Fiona Reynolds, chief medical officer at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “On behalf of our trust I’d like to express our sincere condolences to Olivia’s family.
“We have started an investigation which will thoroughly review the care that we offered.
"The full findings of this will be shared with Olivia’s family when it has concluded.”
Olivia also leaves behind brother Arthur, eight.
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