JOANNA Bycroft of Moldgreen wanted what all mothers want. A healthy, happy child. But when her daughter Farah was born, the family faced the agony of seeing the new addition to their family fighting a life-threatening condition.
Baby Farah desperately needed a liver transplant. An operation to correct a blockage in the bile duct connecting her liver with her gall bladder failed and an organ donor was her only chance of survival.
Things looked bleak for her future and because of that, for the whole of her family, until grandmother Carol Morris stepped in.
Most parents would do whatever they could to ensure their children’s welfare. How many would have taken Carol’s decision to face major surgery and give part of her liver to her new granddaughter in order that she would have a future.
According to Carol the operation, which kept her in hospital for five days, was a small price to pay in order that Farah could have the chance of a full and happy life.
Tonight’s story about the family’s journey of heartache and the courage should surely be an inspiration to us all.
And it should be a reminder too that most of us have the means to help transform other people’s lives through organ donation. It is, as Carol said, a small price if it means that someone else would be able to live a more normal life as a result.