Interviewed as President of SUODA for a local paper, Wessex Scene, Amy spoke of the society’s story so far and its plans for the future. “Organ donation is not something that I gave a lot of thought to until a few years ago when my sister suffered liver failure. She was 18. She was taken by air ambulance from Belfast to King’s College Hospital in London and put to the top of waiting list for transplant. She was fortunate enough to undergo a successful liver transplant after a three-day wait. Unfortunately, there are people suffering for years with chronic illnesses, waiting for transplants because there is such a shortage of available organs”.
“It wasn’t until a friend at St Andrew’s told me she had joined an Organ Donation Society at the university that I thought I could do something to promote organ donation. I contacted the society president and asked what sort of things they did. It was a new idea being funded and tested by NHS Blood and Transplant in Scotland, to raise awareness amongst students. There isn’t a lot of funding available but I thought I could start one here at Southampton because all we really need are interested people, a room to meet and some decent ideas!
SUODA is for anyone and everyone, even those already on the register. Medical students and students of any of the allied health professions may find the society interesting and relevant but no matter what your course, we hope that membership will be worthwhile.”