Mum of nine-year-old Wakefield transplant patient thinks of tragic organ donor every day

Yorkshire Evening Post | Jonathan Brown

James Hodgson pictured with his mum Rachel Hodgson at their home in Sandal, Wakefield. Picture by Simon Hulme.

The mother of a nine-year-old James Hodgson thinks of the organ donor who saved her son’s life every day.

James, who lives in Wakefield, was born jaundiced with a liver that was barely functioning due to a genetic disorder called alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, and at the age of two he was placed on the waiting list for a transplant in 2008.

Within just eight days mum Rachel Hodgson got a phone call after a match was found. She later found out the liver came from a 19-year-old man who had died in a tragic car accident.

Rachel is backing the call for people to sign the NHS Organ Donor Register through the YEP-backed Be a Hero campaign, run by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, to give the likes of James a chance at life.

The 45-year-old mum-of-two told James of the background to his transplant for the first time last week, and he has since pledged to write a letter of thanks to the donor family. Continue reading