Meet the Glasgow University student who donated part of her liver to save the life of a toddler
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Third year veterinary medicine student at Glasgow University, Hannah Ford, spent her 2017 Christmas break undergoing potentially dangerous surgery, in order to donate the left lobe of her liver to a fatally ill toddler. The transplant was successful, and through this valiant act of kindness, 20-year-old Hannah was able to give the gift of life to a child she didn't know. “The surgery went really well for both of us, and as far as I know neither of us had any serious complications," Hannah says. "The hardest part of recovery was the first couple of days after the surgery, but I had visitors every day and people sent me lovely messages.” Despite spending a further five days in hospital recovering from the surgery, Hannah has no regrets, describing the process as an “amazing experience.” Considering the risk involved in the surgery – liver donation procedures have an average fatality rate of 1 in 200 - Hannah was also remarkably calm approaching the operation. This partly stems from her familiarity with medical procedure through university training in veterinary science.
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