A Birmingham nurse who overcame a liver transplant but died alongside her son in childbirth earlier this year has had a ward named in her memory.
Sally Painting, from Great Barr, was inspired to become a nurse after undergoing a liver transplant herself ten year ago and she devoted most of her short nursing career to caring for patients on the liver ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Edgbaston.
The High Dependency Liver Unit was named the Sally Painting ward yesterday as a permanent memorial to the nurse, who colleagues remember as a "true inspiration".
Her husband Michael said: "Sally was always smiling and everyone knew her for her smile. Sally was not only a great nurse but a terrific person too and this job and her patients were everything to her.
"If she could see all this she would say quite simply 'great'."
Sally became the first person in the country to train as a nurse after a liver transplant and used her experiences to benefit the patients she cared for. She worked tirelessly to raise awareness about organ donation.
Her family and the staff and patients who knew her were devastated when she died in January, aged just 30, shortly after giving birth to a son, Edward Graham, who also lost his battle for life.
Along with Michael, Sally's parents, Graham and Valerie Passey set up a trust fund in her memory, which stands at more than #25,000. The money will go towards a new scheme for nursing excellence, which will be used to help those who have shown outstanding nursing progress in their training.
Sally's father Graham said: "If Sally was here today she would think it was just 'ace' that the ward was being named after her. Nursing was her life. Everyone at the QE has been wonderful and this is a fitting tribute."
Sally suffered from a noncontagious form of hepatitis from childhood and had a liver transplant when she was just 19. She fought back to health and went on to win seven medals, including a gold, for swimming in the World Transplant Games, in Budapest, in 1999.
She died after developing complications unrelated to her pregnancy or liver.
Maggie Bayley, divisional associate director of nursing at the hospital, said: "Sally was a true inspiration to all of those involved in organ donation and transplantation.
"If ever there was any doubt about the efficacy of transplantation, its expense, the ethics and morals, one need only think of Sally who lived life to the full and was a tremendous ambassador for the hospital.
"Sally's memory will live forever and her story will be passed onto others who come into the hospital." ..SUPL: