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Nevaeh Spollen (9) from Lucan pictured earlier this year. She died five weeks ago on November 8th 2014  of a massive brain haemorrhage

Nevaeh Spollen (9) from Lucan pictured earlier this year. She died five weeks ago on November 8th 2014 of a massive brain haemorrhage

Crystal Spollen from Lucan, whose nine-year-old daughter, Nevaeh died five weeks ago on November 8th of a massive brain haemorrhage pictured at the place where she collapsed.
Nevaeh would have been celebrating her 10th birthday on Christmas Day. Nevaeh's organs were donated and saved the lives of five people waiting on transplant

Crystal Spollen from Lucan, whose nine-year-old daughter, Nevaeh died five weeks ago on November 8th of a massive brain haemorrhage pictured at the place where she collapsed. Nevaeh would have been celebrating her 10th birthday on Christmas Day. Nevaeh's organs were donated and saved the lives of five people waiting on transplant

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Nevaeh Spollen (9) from Lucan pictured earlier this year. She died five weeks ago on November 8th 2014 of a massive brain haemorrhage

Five people will celebrate this festive season with loved ones because their lives have been saved by a little girl who died last month.

Nevaeh Gale-Spollen from Lucan, Dublin would have been 10 years old this Christmas Day but she died from a brain haemorrhage.

Nevaeh, whose name is Heaven spelled backwards, was three days on a life-support machine before doctors pronounced her dead at the National Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin.

Her grieving family has just heard that Nevaeh's donated organs have saved the lives of four schoolboys aged nine to 12 and a 34-year-old woman. The Organ Transplantation Department at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, has written to her parents, Crystal and Emmet Spollen - who have two younger daughters - that in a time of great tragedy for them their eldest girl's donated organs saved five lives in Ireland and England.

Heartbroken mum Crystal (32) who lives at Meadowview Grove, Lucan, has spoken out for the first time on the tragedy and how the family found courage to donate the organs. Nevaeh was born with a malformed blood vessel on her brain.

"My daughter was born on Christmas Day. I fell in love with her the moment I saw her."

She began to suffer from headaches a couple of months before her death but it was believed to have been migraines.

"Her last headache was when we were watching a movie together on TV on Hallowe'en night. She fell asleep, and I carried her up to bed. Next morning, she was full of life. The pain had gone away," her mum said.

A few days later tragedy struck.

The decision to donate Nevaeh's organs was prompted when the youngster spotted Crystal's donation card and asked what it was a few weeks before her death. Crystal told her the cards were distributed to people who were willing to donate organs.

"She thought this was brilliant. I knew she would have loved to help other children. She was just such a kind person and the five lives she has saved were people who were very, very ill. I am so proud of her."

A memorial has been erected by family friends at the tree where Nevaeh collapsed. A new seat has been placed on the swing with Nevaeh's name on it and the adjoining swing has "friend" written on it.

"We find it a nice place to go and feel close to her," she said.

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