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This website is dedicated to the memory of my donor
When I was first told I needed a heart transplant in order to live I was sure I was going to die either before, during or shortly after the operation, well that was over 13 years ago and I am still here.
Since my heart transplant I have met my donors family and friends, run the London Marathon 15 Times (once dressed as Santa), completed The London Triathlon Six times, cycled from London to Brighton six times, completed the Athens, Snowdonia, Sydney, Venice, The Great Wall of China, Shanghai, Hong Kong (4hrs-3mins), Dublin Marathon, Stockholm Marathon, Stockholm Jubilee Marathon, Berlin and Barcelona Marathon, as well as being the first heart recipient to complete The Cape Town Two Oceans Ultra Marathon 35miles (56km) 5hrs 46mins 52secs not to mention several half marathons. I have also cycled across part of South Africa from George to Cape Town (where the first heart transplant was done) and completed the Ride London 100 which is a cycle race that starts and finishes in centeral London and takes in the Surrey hills including Leigh Hill and Box Hill. Not bad for a guy that couldn't even walk up a flight of stairs in July 2000 due to heart failure, I am not saying it has been easy but it is possible.
I built this website to try and show you the positive side of transplantation and try to encourage people to join the
So here it is, the facts about heart transplantation from the horses mouth so to speak, this is the first website I have ever built, in fact I was a night club DJ before becoming ill, so this is the most I have written since leaving school. With the help of other patients and friends, I hope to show you what is involved with transplantation and what I have been able to achieve since mine.
Some of the best advice I can give you is; try to keep a positive attitude, always make an effort to have some get up and go, exercise even with heart failure can help but check with your doctor first and always do as they advise and remember to always take your pills on time.
"As you might imagine, my donor and his family have been in my thoughts daily.
The yellow sandy side is supposed to represent life while ill with heart failure, if you do nothing you will die (the lion will get you).
The River and the crocodiles represent the operation, risky but there is a chance.
The green fields, woods and sunshine on the other side of the bank is hopefully a healthier, happier life after transplant.
I am one of the lucky ones I made it to the side with the green grass, woods and sunshine. With a bit of luck, a donor and the skills of your surgeon and nursing team, you too will join me and so many others on the grass side.
I Do Hope You Do Well And That This Website Helps You In Some Way
Take care and best wishes
I hope you find this website helpful, but remember it is a collection of personal accounts of heart recipients and their individual cases no one with a medical background has endorsed this website and you should always listen to your own doctors.
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