Transplant Gallery opens at Leeds City Museum
26 April 2019
Inspirational art showcase features the portraits of nine extraordinary people
Yorkshire’s organ donation campaign, Be A Hero, has this week announced the opening of a new exhibition hosted at the Leeds City Museum, in the venue’s iconic Broderick Hall.
“Nine Lives Saved – The Transplant Gallery” will tell the stories of nine inspiring individuals who have been gifted a second chance at life with an all-important organ transplant. Be A Hero hopes the event will raise awareness of the important impact of organ donation in Leeds and the wider Yorkshire region.
The curation encapsulates a striking collection of portraits, depicting each recipient and their achievements – from charity work and fundraising, to summitting mountains, sporting triumphs and simply having the chance to go to school for the first time.
58-year-old Mark Cahill from Halifax is one of the inspiring individuals featuring in the Transplant Gallery, having received a hand transplant in December 2012. Mark’s extraordinary story recounts the remarkable time his wife Sylvia suffered a cardiac arrest and Mark was able to administer lifesaving CPR using the very hand transplanted thanks to the altruism of an organ donor – demonstrating how his gift of life enabled him to save the life of another.
Dr Claire Tordoff, Clinical Lead in Organ Donation at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, says: “The Transplant Gallery will shine a light on the importance of organ donation and the impact a donor has on not only the recipient, but their families, friends and colleagues. These inspiring individuals have used their gift of life to do incredible things. Each subject has a different story, but all of them have volunteered to take part in this event in order to help us spread the word about organ donation and encourage the people of Yorkshire to talk about it and sign the register.”
Rachel Summers, Transplant Coordinator at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, adds: “It’s so important to tell the stories of our recipients. The transplant team at LTHT work tirelessly to co-ordinate successful transplant operations which save or drastically improve the lives of our patients. Anyone could find themselves in need of a transplant, which is why this is such an important exhibition. Each one of us has the ability to save up to nine lives and the nine transplant recipients featured in our gallery represent nine lives saved.”
To find out more about organ donation, please visit www.leedsth.nhs.uk/beahero You can also sign up to the donor register by calling 0300 123 23 23.
You can make a charitable donation to the Be A Hero campaign, which raises awareness of organ donation within Yorkshire, by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bahy1.