A South Coast teenager who died of meningococcal this month after attending a music festival has donated her organs to save the lives of others.
Ulladulla High School student, Ally Behan, fell ill after attending the Spilt Milk festival in Canberra last month, and her life support was turned off on December the 3rd.
Family who are reeling from the tragedy have described Ally as someone who always put the needs of others before her own, and as an organ donor, one of her last acts was to save the lives of five people.
“Anyone who knew Ally will know that there are no words to describe the widespread devastation that is being felt with the loss of our beautiful girl,” Ally’s family said in a media statement.
“Ally liked to help people and did just that in her final hours by providing the amazing gift of donating her organs which have gone to save the lives of five different people, one of which is a young child.”
“Ally was young, energetic and loved her family and friends. She was beautiful, both inside and out, she loved to laugh and enjoyed some banter.”
The 18-year-old will be remembered at a funeral service on the grass area out front of the Mollymook Surf Club from 11am tomorrow (Thursday December 15) to be followed by a private cremation.
Rest In Peace – Ally Behan, 20th April 2004 – 3rd December 2022.
Health officials are urging people to be aware of the meningococcal symptoms and to get checked by a GP if required, especially those who attended the Spilt Milk Festival in Canberra and those who are particularly vulnerable to the disease (Children under 5 and young people aged between 15 and 25).
NSW Health say babies can receive the Meningococcal B vaccine from six weeks of age and the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine at 12 months.
For more information call the Meningitis Centre Australia on 1800 250 223, your doctor, or in an emergency call triple zero (000).
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