She finally has a successful kidney transplant thanks to her brother Joseph, following the earlier rejection of a transplanted kidney from her mum and the failure of her father'a kidney to match.
While not offering guarantees, an increased pool of organs would improve the chances of more people getting successful matches for organs.
That is the purpose of the Evening Times' Opt for Life campaign, which already has the backing of medical opinion and health charities.
It calls for a change in the law to mean people are assumed to consent to their organs being used, where possible, for transplant unless they explicitly opt out.
The change would see many lives saved each year and end the heartbreak for families, like the Hughes, who are still living in wait for a donor to become available.
Most of Scotland's MSPs back the change . With their support a law could be introduced that would end the suffering of many.
There is no need to wait any longer. By choosing to Opt for Life we can all help save lives and help give families back their future.