A Young 20 year organ donation campaigner from Ballycastle, has died over the weekend, following her forth liver transplant.
Lucia Quinney Mee was the recipient of a New Years Honours in 2018, receiving a BEM (British Empire Medal) for her work in organ donation awareness.
Lucia started the ‘Live Loudly Donate Proudly’ campaign and at the beginning of this year underwent her forth liver transplant.
Posting on her blog in March this year whilst still recovering now ICU, she wrote:
“Well, here we are again. In another ICU, recovering from another liver transplant – my fourth. Seeing it in black and white is still quite surreal.
“This has been a very different recovery though, two and a half months after the transplant and I’m still in ICU. There’s a long long way to go.”
Remembering Lucia, Cllr Cara McShane said:
“Ballycastle, Rathlin Island and the wider North Antrim community have beenleft heartbroken over the news of Lucia’s passing at the weekend and justdays before her 21st birthday.
“Lucia left a huge mark on everyone she met. A positive, inspirational andintelligent young person – she shifted mindsets.
“I had the privilege of meeting Lucia on several occasions, as she lobbiedthen Education Minister, John O’Dowd, to include Organ Donation onto theschool curriculum, as a topic in Religious Education, in Biology, and inCitizenship. For Lucia, education in young people was the key to promotingorgan donation to ‘normalise the conversation about organ donation.
“One of my final duties as Chair of Moyle Council was to attend the openingof the Circle of Life commemorative garden overlooking Galway Bay. Lucia’sparents, David and Rachel, had secured Council agreement to plant a tree inthe garden on behalf of all the people of Moyle, to celebrate the lives andgenerosity of spirit of organ donors.
“Four years ago, Lucia addressed a packed meeting of Causeway Coast andGlens Council and you could have heard a pin drop. Accompanied by AlexiaMcCooke telling the story of how her son’s organs had helped five otherpeople after his death in a road traffic collision, Lucia discussed thecampaign she had just launched ‘Live Loudly, Donate Proudly.’
“Lucia was a remarkable person who achieved so much in such a short life.We will remember her for the vibrancy and energy she brought to thecampaign for organ donations. But she did not want to be defined by justthis. At the Council meeting, I recall her saying, ‘I am a swimmer, aballerina and I have had liver transplants.’
“Lucia will be remembered for so much more by those who knew her best. Ourthoughts and prayers surround her family at this time, especially to herparents David and Rachel, and sister Alice.”