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It took just four minutes for Denise Darvall’s father, Edward, to make the decision to donate her heart. He said: “I remembered a bathrobe she bought me with her first week’s salary… and I thought she was always like that – giving away things to other people. So I decided that she would have said yes to Dr Bosman if he had asked her, instead of me.”

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BBC History Revealed Magazine
December 2017

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