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Recipients of the Day
Waiting For Transplant
In October 1995 I needed an aorta valve replacement to replace a faulty valve that may have been caused by a childhood illness. Sadly the replacement valve didn't manage to stop my heart problems and in December 1999 I reluctantly went on the heart transplant waiting list.
When I first went on the waiting list I didn't really feel that transplant was my only option, the cardiologist's obviously knew it was but I didn't feel ill enough for such a huge operation.
As time went by my health deteriorated and I would have to go in to hospital for a week or so every 6-8 weeks.
I needed to have oxygen by my bed at home as during the night I would become very short of breath.
I had to stop for a rest when going up the stairs (one flight), I would have to get my wife to dry me after a shower as I was to tired to do it myself, I would shave half my face and have to stop for a rest before shaving the other half, I had even stopped brothering about my appearance as everything was just to much effort.
Sunday 30th July 2000 and I got the call, my wife drove me to the hospital and the operation went a head (it is quite common for a transplant to be called off at the last minute).
Just eight days later I feel like superman, all the drains and monitors removed and I am free to wonder the hospital, a few days later I was allowed to go home.
7 weeks post transplant I took part in the hospital 3½ miles fund raising walk.
I am now training for the London Marathon and looking for some other events to enter as I feel exercise is the key to a long life post transplant
I have also been fortunate enough to meet my donor family and can never thank them and my donor enough for the gift of life.
As you can see from the above experience, a heart transplant gives new life and a whole new perspective. Imagine not having the energy to walk up the stairs or to preform basic task you used to take for granted. Recipients of a heart transplant get a new chance at life. It is not uncommon for people to take up a new activity, whether it be running marathons or deciding to be a hipaa lawyer. We wish John continuing health on his new path.
"One thought comes to me, is that when I received my heart transplant 20 years ago, it was as if God simply and with love....threw another log on my fire."
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