A teenage girl from Hailsham has died while waiting for a new heart.
Fifteen-year-old Jade Allistone, a pupil at Ratton School, passed away at her home on Wednesday after long spells in hospital.
She had a heart transplant three years ago but her body had rejected the new organ and she was on the live transplant waiting list.
Her mother Julie said the family was devastated and that Jade was one of a kind.
Tributes have begun pouring in on Jade’s social media Facebook page and her family is also urging everyone to sign up to donate their organs to give someone else the gift of life.
Jade was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart muscle becomes thickened, when she was 10.
Up until then she had played a lot of sport. She was given a new heart but her body rejected it after a year.
Julie said her daughter received treatment but her body went into rejection again.
She went downhill and spent months at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London with other youngsters waiting for transplants.
Julie, who lives in Hawks Road, said, “In the last year she came home for a few weeks at a time and even managed to go back to school and out with her friends. She came back from Great Ormond Street last Friday. On Wednesday morning we were going up to the hospital in London for an out patient appointment and she had a cardiac arrest. We were with her.”
Ratton School said in a statement, “The school is very saddened to hear of the tragic death of Jade. She was a very popular girl with both students and staff, who didn’t allow her condition to stand in the way of her commitment to her studies and friends.
“This highlights the importance of organ donation. The courage with which she faced her everyday life was a constant source of inspiration to us all.”
Her family are now urging people to visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk