Transplant was a real life saver

A woman has urged people to sign up to the Organ Donor Register months after undergoing a life-saving transplant operation.

Alice Gorman (51), from Bishopbriggs, found herself gravely ill after years of battling non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

In early 2014 Alice’s condition began to severely deteriorate, and she was told that a transplant was her only option if she was ever to make a recovery.

In September 2014 she was placed on the waiting list for a liver transplant.

Alice said: “I was really unwell at this point. I was constantly exhausted and breathless and I struggled to even get up the stairs, let alone leave the house. I had to stop working as I was in such a bad way.”

Luckily, in November 2014, just seven weeks after being placed on the transplant waiting list, Alice received the call she had been waiting for.

She said: “When I heard there was a potentially suitable donor for me I couldn’t believe it was happening. I didn’t want to get my hopes up in case anything went wrong along the way.

“When I came round after my surgery I noticed an immediate difference. The way I felt afterwards compared to how I felt before was like night and day. It was surreal to feel better so suddenly. I didn’t realise how ill I had actually been until after my transplant, when I understood what it was like to feel healthy again.”

Alice’s recovery went smoothly, and only nine days after her transplant, she was allowed to return home.

She said: “I’ve been signed up to the NHS Organ Donor Register since I was 18 but I never expected that I would ever be a recipient. A lot of people think organ donation will never affect them, so they don’t bother talking about it.

“This is why I’d encourage everyone to discuss their organ donation wishes with loved ones, so should the time ever come, your family can honour your wishes, whatever they may be.”