Despite facing a life-threatening condition during her studies, Amy graduated with a degree in Adult Nursing in 2016.
In August 2014, at the end of her second year of studies, Amy was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, a genetic autoimmune disease where the body’s anti-bodies attack the liver.
With no cure, doctors told Amy she needed a liver transplant and she went on the organ donation waiting list.
Despite this, she continued with her studies and placement on a busy ward, with support from University lecturers and nursing staff.
After three weeks on the list, in January 2015, Amy had her liver transplant and after six months returned to University.
However, in her final placement week a devastated Amy had to defer her studies again after falling ill. Facing surgery to remove her large intestine, this was avoided by alternative treatment that allowed Amy to recover and eventually return to complete her degree this year.
Amy gained a 2:2 in her Adult Nursing degree and has now fulfilled her ambition of working as a Staff Nurse at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
“My experience has already helped and will help me in my nursing career,” said Amy. “Through my experience, I have gained a greater experience of being a patient. I now know what it’s like to be that patient in the bed who has no idea what is going on, how it feels to be that patient who is scared and frightened of the unknown.
“I feel my experience has made me the best nurse I can possibly be. I am more compassionate, more understanding and always providing patient-centred care.”