THE story of how the death of a South Derbyshire woman gave six people the gift of life is being used to boost organ donor numbers.
Bosses at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital have revealed that the face of Philippa Holmes will adorn buses across the town until August as part of a bid to encourage people to sign up to the organ donation register during National Transplant Week.
Miss Holmes was able to make sure six people could live as she signed up to be a donor before she tragically collapsed and died at the age of 24.
Her father John Holmes said: “We have tried to make something positive out of our loss and we would urge everyone to think about organ and tissue donation and what it could mean to their own family members and also to other families.”
Miss Holmes had a first class honours degree from Cambridge, gained a distinction in her MSc at Royal Holloway and was about to undertake a PhD.
Possibly due to an undiagnosed heart condition, she collapsed at home.
She died at the Royal Derby Hospital and with the care and support of staff, the family gave their consent for organ donation.
Ian Poxon, consultant anaesthetist at the Queen’s Hospital, said: “It’s so important that people get behind this campaign and begin conversations with their family and friends about their organ donation wishes.”
Anyone thinking of becoming a donor should visit organdonation.nhs.uk or call 03001 232323.
Mr Poxon added: “This year, Queen’s received four organ donors which enabled 10 people to receive lifesaving transplants – a great improvement on last year when the hospital had one donor.”