Despite the doctors’ best efforts to save his life, it soon became apparent that the child’s chances of survival were slim.
It was at this stage that his parents, Mr and Mrs Giovannini, were forced to consider the idea of organ donation.
Luca’s father Renzo, a financial adviser from Stockport, knew that he wanted other ill children to be able to live full and happy lives like his son did in the short time he had.
He and his wife immediately informed hospital staff that they would like to donate Luca’s organs.
At 7am the next morning, Luca tragically passed away.
The child’s organs were given to a 35-year-old mother of two, a 34-year-old man, a two-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl.
“One week we were thinking about buying Luca his Christmas present and the next we were looking for a grave for him,” said Renzo.
In these times of economic and political upheaval, it is so important to remind ourselves of our humanity, and our duty to one another. It was with pure love and compassion that the Giovanninis made the decision that no parent should ever have to make.
The two-year old girl who received Luca’s donated organ is now expected to be well and home by Christmas.
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