Adwoa received a life-changing cornea transplant that allowed her to qualify as a GP and travel the world.
Adwoa was diagnosed with a condition named keratoconus whilst at university. Keratoconus distorts the cornea at the front of the eye into a cone-like shape, which has a detrimental effect on a person’s vision.
Adwoa recalls: “Over the next few years I was monitored and my eyesight was gradually getting worse, but I got used to coping. It was only when working as a junior doctor and a colleague asked me why I was almost on top of the computer to read the screen that I realised how bad things had got.”
Soon afterwards, Adwoa was told she needed to be referred for a cornea transplant.
She says: “My transplant was a success. I had three months off work but ever since I have been allowed to carry on with my normal life.
"I could drive again, socialise and be back at work – I couldn’t believe how clearly I could see!
“I am so grateful to the family who agreed to donate their relative’s corneas. They have allowed me to qualify as a GP and to visit some wonderful places around the world.
“Reflecting back now I can truly understand how lucky I have been. Through my work I meet many patients waiting for a transplant and can see how this wait impacts their lives every day. Their lives are on hold waiting for that call.
“Organ and tissue donation truly does changes lives.”
Every day across the UK, someone dies waiting for an organ transplant.
The laws around organ donation in the UK are changing to help more people pass on more organs to save and improve more lives like Adwoa's.
You still have a choice if you want to be an organ donor when you die.
Whatever you decide, make sure you let your family and friends know.