Shields Gazette | Paul Kelly
Emma Corkin, 31, of Primrose, Jarrow, had an emergency liver transplant at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital in May 2005.
She had been diagnosed with a rare form of hepatitis, which turned her eyes and skin yellow.
The hospital has only treated two other patients with the same infection over the last 20 years.
It meant her immune system couldn’t tell the difference between good and bad tissue – and attacked her liver. Fortunately, a donor organ was found within hours of her being put on the waiting list.
Grateful Mrs Corkin and her family, friends and workmates have now raised £3,255 for the transplant unit at the Freeman with a series of events.
And she has stipulated that some of that money is used for research into tracing the cause of the infection which almost claimed her life.