Lynn Holt deals with life and death every day. She is the transplant co-ordinator for hearts and lungs at the Freeman hospital in Newcastle, where surgeons carry out 80 life-saving transplants a year.
“We do 15 children’s hearts, 15 adult hearts and about 50 seats of lungs – either a single or double lung – in both children and adults, mainly patients with cystic fibrosis but also with emphysema,” Holt explains.
Joy unfolds when a patient receives a new organ. But her role also involves grief and sadness when someone on the transplant waiting list does not get the organ they need.