New sculpture at Norfolk and Norwich Hospital honours organ donors
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A sculpture honouring hundreds of people who gave their organs to transform the lives of others is to be dedicated at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on Wednesday.
A ceremony will be held to dedicate a huge stone bench at the centre of the hospital site to the memory of every organ donor cared for by the hospital.
The families and friends of donors, as well as transplant patients, are invited to attend.
The sculpture was commissioned by the hospital's Arts Project and funded by its Organ Donation Committee. Tim Leary, critical care consultant and organ donation specialist, said: 'Principally it's about saying 'thank you' and celebrating what has gone on in the past. In the past 10 years, more than 100 patients have received organs from patients in this intensive care unit. We want to commemorate and celebrate what they have done. It's also about raising awareness of organ donation.'
Marie Garside, specialist nurse, said the subject – once talked about in hushed whispers – is becoming something to celebrate.
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She said a particularly high proportion of Norfolk people and their families were willing to help others by donating organs.
The 3.4 tonne sculpture by stonemason Teucer Wilson of Aldborough, features words from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran: 'There are those who have little and give it all. Those are the believers in life and the miracle of life.'
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All are welcome to attend the ceremony, at 7pm on Wednesday on level one of the N&N's East Atrium.
• For details contact Marie Garside on 01603 286286, ext. 3937.