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The 47-year-old hopes one day she will be able to meet and thank the family of donor who saved her life.
The gran, and mum-of-two, is now back home recovering and looking forward to Christmas with her family. “I just couldn’t believe it when I got the phone call to say they had all of the organs,” she said. “But when we got to the hospital, after six hours in an ambulance, I started to believe they were really for me. “The doctors said ‘yes, they are your organs’. “It has all happened so quickly, especially since they have to match up my blood type to a donor. “You just feel like ‘this can’t be right, they must be kidding.’ I was just so shocked.” Joanne first started to suffer excruciating stomach pains four years ago, but doctors struggled to find the cause.
Scans and biopsies eventually revealed last year that she had a very rare tumour growing on her liver.
But soon after being diagnosed with ganglioneuromatosis doctors dealt the devastating blow that the tumour had spread to other organs in her body.
The only way to save her life was an organ transplant to replace all those affected.
Joanne was at home in Renfrewshire, near Glasgow when she got the call from Addenbrooke’s telling her a match had been found.
A heart touching photo showing doctors bowing down to show their utmost respect to an 11 year old cancer patient who donated his organs!
Many children dream of being superheroes and saving those in need of help. 11-year-old Liang Y. was actually able to make an incredible difference and be a hero for others. He had been fighting brain cancer since he was 9, and surgeries and treatments were not able to eliminate the tumor.
As he neared the end, he revealed to his mother that he wanted her to donate his organs so that he could save the lives of other children. “I have seen many people doing good deeds and I think they are great. I want to be a great child too,” he reportedly told his mother. Liang passed away on June 6, and doctors were able to harvest his liver and kidneys that were successfully transplanted into others who needed them.
The medical staff with Liang at the end were very touched by his bravery and selflessness, and someone snapped a photo of them bowing three times to show their utmost respect for him.
Liang most certainly died a hero and will continue to live on through the organs he was able to donate.
Finally got around to adding myself to the organ register today. Thanks to the news that the government want to roll out manditory "opt out" system, forgetting to do so won't be a problem in the future. Of course you could then opt out... If you'd rather your organs rot away than potentially save lives. But if you do opt out, I feel you should "opt out" of your own life saving organ donation too. IT TAKES LITERALLY 2MINS TO SIGN UP UNDER THE CURRENT SYSTEM BY THE WAY... SO IF YOU CAN, THANKS. #idonate#yesidonate#organs#organdonation#nhs#doyourbit#health#me#picoftheday
Probably the last thing I'll post from the Hsien-Ko project (for now). For our final in-class assignment for World Building 1 at @we_are_brainstorm_school, we had two hours to research and design an environment of our character's archnemesis, in which our character would engage in a final boss battle.
In the Darkstalkers series, Hsien-Ko's main enemy is Jedah Dohma, an evil demon whose powers include self-mutilation, as he is able to shape blood into any weapon or object he wants.
In the actual game, the final battle takes place in a surreal womb-like environment, complete with a suspended fetus (seen in the second photo), so I was inspired to make my sketch take place within a similar environment, as if the entire human body were a large cavern of sorts. The ribs form support for the fleshy walls as the characters fight on the spine-bridge, surrounded by pulsating masses of organs all around. In the background, a flickering tongue and sharp teeth guard the mouth of the cavern. I dunno - gross but fun. :) And a good challenge to design this in limited time.
Maybe I'll do more with this someday, but for now, moving on to new projects, will share soon!
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