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Parents 'proud' of 41-day-old baby organ donor

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Image caption Theodore Omondi's parents said their son lives on through the two people his organs saved

The parents of a baby who died at 41 days old said they are "proud" his organs have saved two other people.

Theodore Omondi, known as Theo, died following a sudden illness. His lungs helped save five-month old Imogen Bolton while his kidneys were given to a young adult.

Imogen, from Brighton, was given his lungs in a seven-hour operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

Theo's parents said: "We are proud of what Theo could do."

'Celebration of Theo'

His parents, who did not wish to be identified, said the donation had been a "once-in-a-lifetime chance meeting of two little people bravely and beautifully fighting for life".

They said: "We believe he would have wanted to help others if he had been able to grow up and make the decision himself.

"We are proud of what Theo could do not just for Imogen, but also for a young adult who now runs their body with his two tiny kidneys."

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Image caption Theo's parents have been speaking of their pride in their baby son

Theo's parents added: "We know that every breath Imogen takes is a breath for our son. Every birthday Imogen celebrates is also a celebration of Theo's birth."

Imogen had been diagnosed with the alveolar capillary dysplasia meaning her lungs had not properly formed.

She is recovering at home after the successful transplant.

Imogen's parents Hayley and Jason Bolton said: "There are no words to express how grateful we are to Theo's family for the amazing decision they made which has saved our beautiful Imogen's life."

Urging people to join the organ donation register, they said: "Without their incredible gift, Imogen wouldn't be here."

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