Liver transplant patient hailed a hero by family of donor

Daryl Turley died aged 13 in 2009 when he was knocked down by a motorbike but his family quickly decided his death would not be in vain.

His heart, kidneys, liver and his lower bowel were able to be donated to help people such as Cara Hearst, who developed acute liver failure at 17.

Now fully recovered and training to be a nurse, Ms Hearst has developed a strong bond with Daryl's mother Lily and they are to join other donor families and recipients to mark recent progress at an event in Glasgow.

It comes after recent figures showed a record number of Scots received a life-changing organ transplant last year.

A total of 133 people who died in Scottish hospitals became organ donors, up from 99 the previous year, said NHS Blood and Transplant.

That meant 348 people who were waiting for a transplant were able to have the surgery they needed.

Ms Hearst, now 26 and from Belfast, said: "I will be forever grateful for what the Turley family has done for me. Continue reading

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