Liver transplant recipient
Diane Denton from Batley, had always kept fit and healthy and was a keen runner. In December 2017, she woke up with jaundiced eyes which she noticed was unusual but she went to work as normal, as a Nurse at Dewsbury District Hospital.
“I chatted with one of the doctors on my ward and we thought it could be a problem with my gall bladder – nothing too serious. I had numerous blood tests and scans but all we knew was that my liver wasn’t functioning properly,” says Diane.
Diane was admitted to Pinderfields General Hospital and then transferred to St James’s University Hospital in the hope that further tests there could get to the bottom of the problem.
It was here that it was found that her liver was holding iron but nothing more severe had been identified at this point. Diane was allowed home in the evenings to enjoy the festive season with her family and despite feeling a little nauseous, Diane didn’t feel particularly unwell.
On New Year’s Eve 2017, Diane had gone to the toilet and when she didn’t return a fellow patient reported it to a member of the nursing team. They found that Diane had collapsed on the floor due to her condition known as Acute Cellular Rejection. Diane’s family were called and told to prepare for the worst. Diane was placed on the transplant waiting list and remained unconscious for five days. During this time, a donor was identified and Diane underwent transplant surgery.
“I woke up with all my family around me,” Diane recalls. “That’s when they told me I’d had an emergency liver transplant. I just couldn’t believe it – my last recollection had been visiting the toilet and I woke up several days later having had my life saved by an organ donation. I couldn’t believe how quickly it all happened.”
The gift of a transplant has allowed Diane to continue her job within the NHS and help people who are going through exactly what she’s experienced.
“It just goes to show, even the people who are looking after those in need of a transplant can be affected. Without my donor, I wouldn’t be here helping others today.”
Diane has now started running training again and hopes to raise money for charity through sponsored races.