A PATIENT has created a sculpture on display at Dewsbury District Hospital to mark national transplant week.
Artist Stephen Hines is a former English teacher and sculptor who suffered a stroke eight years ago.
His speech and creativity was affected by that and a second stroke later on, but he made a good recovery at Dewsbury.
Mr Hines was helped by stroke and rehabilitation specialists, speech therapists and other healthcare teams.
He wanted to do something to thank them and then heard about the Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust organ donation committee.
The sculpture, a series of granite, slate and marble pieces that form a triangle, was unveiled on Monday.
Mr Hines said: “The triangle is the link between the brain, the heart and the hands. For a time, my triangle was broken.”
Also at the unveiling was Michael Chappell, 29, of Gildersome, who had had a kidney transplant four years ago.
He had dialysis at Dewsbury for about eight years before the operation and has enjoyed a new lease of life since.
Michael said: “The transplant opened up a world of new opportunities, like being able to go away without worrying I might need treatment.
“I’ve also been able to get a part-time job. Before I was so tired all the time from having dialysis three days a week.”
“I strongly advise people to consider being an organ donor and join the NHS Organ Donor Register.
“There will be someone out there who desperately needs that second chance in life that an organ donation can provide.”