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Derbyshire donor's mother meets girl she saved

Lindsey Adderson with Ella Noon and her mother Andrea
Image caption Lindsey Adderson said she discussed organ donation with her daughter only weeks before she died

A mother whose daughter's liver saved a nine-year-old girl's life has said it is a "wonderful feeling" to have been able to help other families.

Organs belonging to Jessica Iddon, 17, from Matlock, were donated after she died in a crash in 2008.

On Tuesday, her mother Lindsey Adderson met Ella Noon, who got Jessica's liver.

Mrs Adderson said she was glad Ella's family, from Llandudno Junction in north Wales, had been able to avoid the grief she suffered.

Image caption Lindsey Adderson met Ella for the first time after her daughter's liver saved her life

She said she had discussed organ donation with her daughter only weeks before she died, seven years ago.

Jessica's liver, stem cells, kidneys and lungs were donated, helping to save five lives.

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Image caption Jessica Iddon was killed near her home in Matlock, in 2008

"I received a letter from her mum [Andrea] thanking me for donating Jessica's organs to Ella," said Mrs Adderson.

"I used to keep the letter in my handbag and never responded. I thought about her continuously and had the letter with me for a long time.

"I received that in the same year we donated the organs but never felt I could respond back because of my own grief at that point.

"Jessica made everybody smile; she gave so much love."

Mrs Adderson, 47, Ella and her mother Andrea, 40, met on Tuesday.

Mrs Noon said: "She's here now whereas before she was very poorly, she's [now] a normal girl."

Image caption Ella Noon received Jessica Iddon's liver in 2008

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