A TEENAGER is calling for more people to give the "greatest gift" of organ donation after having a life-saving transplant this year.
Sophie Washington, who has finally undergone a pancreas transplant for a rare and life- threatening form of brittle diabetes, after years and years of waiting, is encouraging others to save a life by opting to donate their organs.
The 18-year-old has spent most of her life going in and out of hospital. Last year she was stuck on an adult ward at Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen for 12 weeks, after no package of care was in place for her care outside of hospital.
Now, after being put on the transplant list in March 2012, Sophie has finally received the treatment which could change her life.
She said: "It's been quite hard for all of the family not knowing whether it would come in time, but I'm getting better now."
But the Towy Valley teenager, who was treated at Guy's Hospital in London, said she still had other health problems to contend with including Joint Hypermobility Syndrome and Functional Movement Disorder.
Sophie said: "I still have a lot of other health problems. I'm always going to be a hospital patient, but this transplant has saved my life.
"I can plan now and get out and live. I'm officially not diabetic at the moment. I'm off all the medication for that now."
Now Sophie is backing a campaign to get others donating their organs.
"I was in hospital with a lady and her son had died and she donated his organs. She said it made it a lot easier for her to move on because he had saved other peoples lives.
"It is the greatest gift that you can give somebody," Sophie added.