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Hospital staff form honour guard for dying girl, 10, whose donated organs helped 80 people after car wreck on her way to buy ice cream

THIS is the heart breaking moment hospital staff gave a guard of honour to a 10-year-ol girl whose donated organs would help 81 people.

Francine Salazar was fatally injured in a car crash while on her way to get ice cream in Tulare County, California on August 7.

Staff at Valley Children's Hospital held their first ever honour walk for the schoolgirl as her body was taken to the operating theatre.

In an act of remembrance, staff lined the corridor near the operating room as she went in.

Her mum Hanah was picking up her children from their after-school programs when a car slammed into her van going somewhere between 60 to 80 miles per hour.

Hanah had taken a different route that day, she told ABC 7, as she wanted to surprise the children with ice cream on a hot day.

Days after the accident, doctors at Valley Children's Hospital in Madera told the family Francine was brain-dead and she passed away on August 10.

'FINAL ACT OF KINDNESS'

Her family decided to donate her organs, in a gesture the Donor Network West said would save six lives and aid a further 75 people.

A GoFundMe page set up in her honour described it as "Francine's final act of kindness is donating her organs to those in need.”

"My daughter is a caring, loving, selfless person, and she would help everybody before herself," Hanah Salazar told ABC 7.

In the days since her death, over $17,000 has been donated to her family to pay for medical and funeral expenses.

John Blakely, the child's stepfather, thanked the hospital staff saying: "We know that Francine was given the best care here you could ever imagine.”

The fund has so far reached over £17,900 of the £20,000 target.


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