Lucia Mee, an 18-year-old from Ballycastle in Northern Ireland, is the youngest person on the Queen’s New Years Honors list.
Mee, who has undergone three liver transplants after being diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis at a young age, receives a British Empire Medal for her work raising awareness of organ donation.
Mee said she hopes press coverage of her honor will encourage more people to discuss organ donation with their loved ones. “The fact that I’m here and really able to do this is down to the fact that there are organ donors,” she told the PA. “If people know their loved ones’ wishes, they are more likely to say yes to organ donation.”
The New Years Honors list is designed to recognize “the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom.” A total of 1,123 people have received an award in this year’s list, of whom 551 (or 49%) are women.