Jen Daly was a nurse, a wife, a mother and a grandmother. She loved children and was well known in academic circles all of her life.
Jen had become increasingly unwell over the previous 18 months before her admission to hospital with breathing difficulties. But no one could diagnose what was wrong with her. After her admission to hospital she suddenly deteriorated and was put on life support and had to be transferred to a specialist centre. Despite all of the best treatment Jen would never recover.
Jen was diagnosed Motor Neurone Disease that had been so progressive that there was nothing that they could do. The doctors planned to turn off her life support machine. I was devastated at the news, but the first thing that came into my head was whether Jen could donate any of her organs to save the lives of others. Donation was something that we had always spoken about and something Jen believed in deeply.
The specialist nurse for organ donation spoke to me at length and supported me through the process. Explaining everything that would happen and that Jen would be treated with great care and dignity.
Jen donated both her kidneys and her liver. Her kidneys saved the lives of two men and her liver was used for research into anti rejection drugs to further transplantation.
I saw Jen following the donation and you wouldn’t have thought anyone had laid a finger on her. She had been treated with the greatest respect.
I am so proud of Jen and the gift that she has given.