Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Celebrating a 10th heart/lung transplant anniversary

We always love to hear stories about people who are doing so well after transplant, and especially so when that is a heart/lung transplant!

The lovely Jacqui Mansell, who has always been an incredible supporter of ours, received her transplant 10 years ago and chose to celebrate it with staff at the Frimley Park Hospital’s Knight Centre, who cared for her both before and after her transplant.

Jacqui, aged 62 from Woking, was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis in her late 40s, and listed for a transplant in 1998. She received a heart/lung transplant in September 1999 and her own heart was passed on to another person who could benefit.

Jacqui says: “I can’t tell you how nice it is being able to do things like going to the theatre and restaurants without ducking out because I had a coughing fit. I love bird watching but before the operation I couldn’t even go and enjoy the dawn chorus because my coughing spooked them! ....Now I love walking, gardening and going to the gym but mostly it’s just so special to have a normal life.”

Congratulations Jacqui!

1 comment:

loulou said...

Wow! This is an amazing story. Well done! xx