The gift of life

Corrine England, with her husband Paul, has successfully had her liver transplant.
Corrine England, with her husband Paul, has successfully had her liver transplant.

A Rastrick woman has been given a new lease of life thanks to a liver donation and successful operation.

Corrine England, of Thornton Road, was in need of a new liver after suffering from disease primary biliary cirrhosis for the last 25 years and had been on the organ transplant list since July 2012.

It was in January that the 59-year-old and her family received a phone call they had been waiting for.

However, the mum-of-three said she did not think the operation was going to happen after being called the week before on January 23 to be on stand by but the operation not going ahead.

“I was really down about it and I did not think the operation was going to happen. But on the Sunday afternoon I got another call saying there was a liver available.

“So I had to go over to Leeds and not have anything to eat or drink.

“The new liver is now working great.”

Before the operation her husband Paul has taken on the house duties along with their children Adam, Samantha and Sheryl helping out.

She was also supported through the bad times by friends and family, as well as the liver support group in Leeds from people who have had transplants and those waiting for one.

Corrine had to spend two and a half days in intensive care before moving onto a ward where she started her recovery and build up her strength with the help of staff and physiotherapists.

Despite still being on numerous medications and anti rejection drugs, she already noticing a difference in the quality of her life.

“The staff were absolutely fantastic and they do help you so much.
“I am really pleased and I am starting to get my confidence and strength back. There are still a couple of things I can’t do yet but I feel so much better in myself. People see me out and about and they comment saying I look really well.”

Corrine is also looking forward to spending more time with her grandchildren.

One of the hardest things for Corrine to come to terms with is someone would have to lose their life for me to have a new liver. And when she was put onto the transplant list her daughters and son joined the donors register.

There are currently 639,963 people residing in the West Yorkshire postcode area on the UK Organ Donor Register. There are currently 343 people listed for a transplant in West Yorkshire.

Anthony Clarkson, Assistant Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “It’s wonderful to hear that Corrine is doing so well following her transplant.

However, there are still around 10,000 people in the UK in need of a transplant at the moment and in order to save more lives, we need more people to have a conversation with their loved ones about organ donation and to join the NHS Organ Donor Register.

“We remain very grateful to those who have agreed to donation and helped save so many lives like Corrine’s.”