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Running on all cylinders at City2South thanks to lung transplant

brisbanetimes.com.au, 25 May 2014

I should not be alive. But I am - thanks to a complete stranger. Earlier this year I was dying until I received the ultimate gift - a life-saving double lung transplant. I am only 25, but became breathless with simple tasks like brushing my teeth. I was on oxygen. I slept for 16 hours a day; cystic fibrosis had destroyed my lungs. We knew where things were headed. But when I received 'the' call from the Prince Charles Hospital with news of an organ match, little did I know that my life and prognosis would change overnight. Such is the wonder and vital importance of organ donation. Read full article →


Self-confessed former 'bad boy' pub landlord turns good to donate his kidney to 34-year-old cystic fibrosis sufferer who went into renal failure

dailymail.co.uk, 22 May 2014

A self-confessed 'bad boy' is today preparing to donate one of his kidneys to save the life of a complete stranger to make up for all the wrong he has done in his life. Wesley Joyce, 32, will become an organ donor after being touched by 34-year-old Sally-Anne Grainger who has cystic fibrosis. The pub landlord came forward after hearing the mother-of-two's desperately plea for help in April.

Ms. Grainger went into renal failure after having to take strong medication following a double lung transplant in March 2009. In 2009 the mother-of-two had a double lung transplant and is now preparing to go under the knife for the life-saving operation after doctors gave the transplant the go-ahead.

Mr. Joyce, a former soldier, said giving Ms. Grainger the 'gift of life' has made him change his ways after a checkered past. The father-of-four, from Worcester, said: "When I was younger the dad of a lad I went to school with took me to the Wolves ground. He had a heart and lung transplant and I thought if he hadn't, he wouldn't have known me and I wouldn't be the person I am today. I looked at her story and it got to me a bit. I looked at her children and I could not imagine the mums of my children not being there for them." Read full article →

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