82-year-old donated liver and helped someone in need

07 September 2018 - Patricia was a physically active 82-year-old when she was involved in a car accident whilst out for an afternoon with a friend

Patricia and Susan

Patricia was a physically active 82-year-old when she was involved in a car accident whilst out for an afternoon with a friend in October last year.

She was airlifted to King’s where it was found that she had sustained major head injuries and the next day she was declared as brain stem dead.

Susan, Patricia's daughter, and her family were approached by the donor team who explained how some of her mum’s organs could be beneficial to other people.

Susan said: “The organ donor team were extremely sensitive and caring and both myself and my husband Philip were amazed that someone my mums age would qualify as a donor.

“We had no reservations about going ahead as we knew mum would certainly wanted us to agree.

“It was a very sad and emotional time for us but we were able to take comfort in the fact that some positives could come out of such an awful accident. A few months after mum died, we were notified that her liver had been used to help a 30-year-old and we feel very pleased that we made the right decision and a little part of my mum is helping someone live a better life.”

(Pictured: Patricia and Susan on Susan's wedding day)


For further information please contact:
Molly Downing
Communications Officer
molly.downing@nhs.net
Extension: +44 (0)20 3299 3257