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Remembered forever

The life of a former Pinderfields Hospital patient will be remembered forever thanks to the plaque which has been placed in his memory.

Paul Claughton, who died two years ago aged 66, spent some time in his final weeks on the Critical Care Unit at the hospital which is where his wife Liz recently visited to see what had been placed in remembrance.

“It’s lovely,” she said of the plaque which depicts Paul’s photo and story. “Of course he will never be forgotten but it reminds you of the health struggles he went through and how he spent his final days as he had wanted. Hopefully it will provide some comfort to other visitors sitting in this waiting room.”

Paul had polycystic kidneys and in 1997 was lucky enough to receive a transplant, which enabled him to lead a normal life for almost 20 years. Unfortunately Paul then required another transplant but his heart wasn’t strong enough to get him through.

“The Critical Care Team at Pinderfields were amazing in doing all they could to get Paul home. We set up a bed downstairs so that he could look out over his garden, which he had put so much time and effort into, and I know that meant a lot to him. It also meant he could have his friends and family around him.”

Polycystic kidneys is a hereditary condition which Paul’s mum also suffered from and received a kidney transplant. Paul’s son has also been unlucky enough to inherit the condition and is hoping to receive a donor kidney from his own sister.

“What my daughter is doing for my son is amazing,” said Liz “it will hopefully mean he can lead a normal life for many years to come.”

Paul is one of three patients to have his story remembered on the wall of the Critical Care Unit at Pinderfields.

Helen Buglass, Clinical Lead for Organ Donation at the Trust, said: “By placing these plaques on the wall we hope to be able to help people think about the lives that can be, and have been saved through organ donation, and the different journeys ICU patients can go through. It can be a difficult time for families when they have a loved one in Critical Care and hopefully these stories give a first-hand perspective which can provide some comfort.”