Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Emily has new lungs!

I am sitting here with the biggest smile on my face and am so happy to tell you all that my lovely friend Emily Icke has received a double lung transplant! Yesterday, 10th December, marked 1 year of waiting on the transplant list. Emily got the call and after many hours of waiting to find out whether it was a go or not it was announced that at 7.15pm she would head down for her life changing surgery. I spent the whole day checking my phone, giving words of encouragement and just thinking about Emily but also her kind hearted donor who made this possible and their family.
Today is she is awake and breathing for herself - just amazing. Words cannot describe how happy I am for her, David and their families.
This is exactly why organ donation is so important.

Christmas is about spending time with your loved ones, family & friends and enjoying it. It isn't about how much your Christmas present cost or how many gifts you receive. So many people this christmas just want the gift of life, whether that's a lung or a heart, kidney, liver etc transplant and for somebody to give that gift..well words can't even describe it. You literally will change somebodies life.
All you need to do is go on to the organ donation website, it does only take a couple of minutes to sign up. But you MUST tell your loved ones about it as they make the decision when the time comes. I know some of you may not want to discuss it or sign up as it 'seems too morbid to be thinking about your death' but you never know what is round the corner and you could save lives, be that person who is thought about everyday and be somebodies miracle.

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1 comment:

  1. ON 10th December, a year to the day that
    Emily was placed on the transplant list, she
    had the life-saving double lung transplant that
    she so desperately needed; as her lung capacity
    was down to just 15%.The transplant undertaken
    by the skilful surgeons of Harefield
    Hospital, hadn't come a moment too soon. It
    is early days but it looks as though the operation
    has been a success and with the aide of the
    nursing team we hope Emily goes on to make
    a good recovery and enjoy being able to
    breathe normally .

    Needless to say this is absolutely wonderful
    news for everyone who knows Emily and we
    are so thankful to so many people for their
    kind words, love and prayers, also grateful to
    the skilled surgeons and transplant team at
    Harefield Hospital and to the donor for the
    unselfish act in giving the precious gift of life.
    What better gift could anyone give or receive?
    As for Emily, what a girl!There are not
    enough superlatives to describe this incredible
    young woman, we are just so happy to know
    she has been given a new lease of life. We
    count our blessings; the gift of life; priceless...

    I would urge people to register on the NHS
    organ donor site:
    also please support the Cystic Fibrosis Trust at Simon Icke
    (written just a few days after Emily's operation).