Mary thanks the families who let her children live

Mary Moffat with son Stephen and daughter Rachael
Mary Moffat with son Stephen and daughter Rachael

A Motherwell mum has spoken about how her life was turned upside down as she learnt two of her children needed heart transplants.

Mary Moffat, a midwife at Wishaw General, now wants to encourage local residents to join the organ donor register in a bid to save more lives.

Her daughter Rachael (14)and son Stephen (18)were both diagnosed with Restrictive Cardiomyopathy, and received successful transplants.

Mary explained: “In the year that Rachael started school, she was really tired all the time.

“My husband had a blocked aorta when he was young and my mother-in-law saw the same symptoms in Rachael as she had seen in my husband.

“At the time Rachael was referred to Yorkhill, my husband called me at work to say that Stephen had collapsed. He was 10-years-old at the time.

“When he collapsed for a second time, he was also referred to Yorkhill.

“After their tests, we went back to the clinic to see the consultant.

“The consultant told us that both children had a condition called Restrictive Cardiomyopathy.

“I knew of people who had it and hadn’t survived.

“They looked really well at the time. I tried to persuade myself that they had made a mistake and that they were ok.”

Mary and her husband were also given tests, which resulted in him also being diagnosed with the condition.

Both children were quickly added to the organ donor register.

Mary said: “Two weeks after joining the register, Stephen was offered a transplant.

“Due to his age, he had a better chance of finding an organ than a younger child would have had.

“Eight months later, Rachel received hers.

“They both received their transplants within a year of being diagnosed, which is extremely quick. They have kept really well since.

“To donate an organ is the biggest gift you can ever give. I would like to thank the two families who donated their loved ones’ hearts so that my children could live.”

To find out more about organ donation and to join the NHS Organ Donor Register, visit Organ Donation Scotland.