Tissue donors provide lifeline

Royal Lancaster Infirmary
Royal Lancaster Infirmary

A woman who received corneal transplants as a child is behind a drive which has increased tissue donation at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

Between April 2013 and November 2013, 50 tissue donors were referred from University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, and over half of these donors came directly from the Emergency Department (ED) at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI)making it the highest referring ED in the Country, for tissue referrals.

Kirrin Ingham, Clinical Leader at the RLI, said: As a child, I suffered from a condition called Kerataconus, which caused my corneas to thin and change shape.

“As time went on, my sight deteriorated, and the only option to restore my sight was corneal transplants.

“When I joined the Emergency Department, I noticed that tissue donation was not discussed or explored with families.

“I took this as my opportunity to give something back to the families who have donated tissue and made it possible for people like me to live a normal life.”

Kirrin worked tirelessly for ten years, raising awareness of tissue donation within the ED at the RLI, and has worked closely with the Organ Donation committee, and the National Referral Centre, who have supported her.