Goodyear was NHS Grampian’s first ECMO patient, after contracting pneumonia in 2001.
She said: “The team here didn’t have an ECMO machine at the time, and they said I was going to die but that there was this one thing they could try.
“They flew the machine up from England and the staff to help put me on it so they really pulled out all the stops for me, someone they didn’t know.
“From that success they’ve been able to build and build it, to eventually become a unit, and that’s phenomenal.
“I owe my life to the consultant on call when I came to the unit, Rona Patey, and I went on to name my daughter Daisy Rona after her. Life is really good now.”
success: Professor Stephen Logan unveils the plaque with former patient Sarah Goodyear.