Dad who left a legacy of life for others after his death at 48 is honoured with hospital plaque

Rachel Wiseman, specialist nurse for organ donation at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, and Patsy Hofman unveil a plaque in honour of Patsy's dad, Matthew Hofman.
A SKIPTON man who donated his organs to help save the lives of others was honoured at Airedale Hospital last week.

Patsy Hofman, the daughter of Matthew Hofman, who was only 48 when he died three years ago from a sudden brain haemorrhage, proudly unveiled a plaque of her dad at the hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The picture was chosen by the family and shows Matthew at the Ribblesdale Holiday Park where he worked as a chef.

Patsy, 23, said: “I will never forget the day he died but neither will the parents of the 11-day-old baby who received his heart valves. He also helped four other people get a transplant with his liver, kidney, pancreas and corneas.”

The dedication is displayed in the relatives' room of the ICU in the hope it will encourage others to join the NHS Organ Donor Register and give comfort to families considering the decision to agree to organ donation in the saddest of circumstances.

In Matthew’s case he was already on the donor register, although his family did not know as they had never had the conversation. It was Patsy herself who first suggested he might donate his organs. Continue reading

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