Published: 09/09/2017 07:00 - Updated: 08/09/2017 10:36

'Special gift' puts poignant spotlight on organ donation in Highlands


Mark Lomax standing next to the artwork.
Mark Lomax standing next to the artwork.
ARTWORK which acknowledges the life-changing gift of organ donation that people from the Highlands have made has been unveiled at the region's biggest hospital.


The art, entitled Special Gifts, is the work of Mark Lomax who responded to an appeal made by NHS Highland when looking for an artist to help recognise the gift that organ donation is.

Iona McGauran, lead nurse for Raigmore Hospital, said: “Organ transplantation is one of medicine’s great success stories; the gift of an organ transforms  thousands of lives each year. Tragically on average three people a day die in the UK because not enough organs are available and we hope that the art work will inspire people to consider what the gift of life through organ donation can mean.

“Organ donation occurs at a time of great emotional distress but making a decision to donate organs after death can not only bring an element of solace to the families of the donors but the lives of desperately ill recipients  can be saved and their lives transformed.

“In NHS Highland, we were keen to recognise organ donation as the gift that it is and I’m delighted that through this work of art we have a lasting memorial to the kindness given by Highland families.”

In his pitch to NHS Highland Mark, who lives in Kirkhill, was clear that the work had to be positive and life affirming; the imagery he would use although representing the transfer of organs after death, would be uplifting and represent the continuation of life.

The artwork is now proudly on display in the main corridor of the hospital, just outside the renal unit.

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