Health: Nerves ever present during lifesaving task of organ donation nurse

Yorkshire Evening Post | Jonathan Brown
Cathy Jordan, specialist organ donation nurse, outside the Jubilee Wing at Leeds General Infirmary. Picture by James Hardisty.

Faced with families digesting the devastatation of losing loved ones, the likes of Cathy Jordan have to ask the most difficult of questions.

Every year specialist organ donation nurses in Leeds coordinate up to 40 lifesaving transplants from donors whose life support has been switched off.

But asking grieving relatives whether they would consent to their late loved ones becoming organ donors never becomes normal, and the feeling of duty to support those who back the procedures is ever present.

Cathy, from Methley, has been working in the role at Leeds General Infirmary for nine years having previously worked in intensive care and neurosurgical critical care in Leeds and Bradford.

“I still get nervous now – it’s quite an intensive role,” she said. “You are dealing with people in such distress that you feel you could make it worse but that’s something you put on yourself. I have never met a family that have been like that, it’s something they do or don’t want to do. Continue reading


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