Brave heart transplant hero Max Johnson to get special award from Theresa May

Max Johnson is to get a special award from the Prime Minister for his work on our donor crusade.

Theresa May paid tribute to Max, 11, and his heart donor Keira Ball, of Barnstaple, Devon, for the new donor law named in their honour.

Mum Emma, 49, said: “His face lit up when he opened the envelope from No10.”

The schoolboy will receive a special Points of Light award from Mrs May on her final day as PM on Wednesday.

It recognises outstanding individual volunteers “making positive changes”.

Mrs May wrote: “The powerful story of your heart transplant has inspired thousands to join the organ donor register and I was honoured to support Max and Keira’s law.”

Max, of Winsford, Cheshire, was on the transplant waiting list for six months before he got his donor heart from nine-year-old Keira, who tragically died in a car accident.

The law means that everyone in England will be presumed to be a donor unless they opt out.

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