- Just after I had finished the previous post on this blog and was in the process of posting it to the blog, the phone rang.Number Unknown! the time was 1.37am, I knew who it was!
- The still the panic was enough for me to forget which button to press to answer my phone and I sent the call to voice mail.The voice was familiar,but terrifying at the same time with all the emotions it provoked in me and a flashbacks of the previous six calls crowded into my mind.
- The transplant coordinator from Harefield Hospital told me that the offer was from a non heart beating donor and it was early in the process. It was a long wait but by the next day 9.30am I had found out that my seventh visit for a possible lung transplant was to end unsuccessfully for me.
- Hopefully other organs and tissues would be suitable for others. Lung deteriorate very quickly compared with other organs.I have so much respect for the donor and their brave family who at a tragic time where kind enough to offer me hope for a new life and I would like to thank them whoever they are,and offer my sympathy for their loss.
What sort of transplantation are there for lungs
- Beating Heart Donor
- Non heart beating Donor
When this happens the donor will have to expire within a set period of time for lungs that is 90min any longer and the organs are too damaged by the process to use
- Live lobe Transplant
For the most part, recipients of living donor lung transplants have been children and small adults, who have a difficult time getting a cadaveric lung of the right size. A majority of the recipients have been cystic fibrosis patients
Finally a few questions that people ask me:
- When are you having the transplant?
- Are you still waiting?
- When you get your lungs you'll be cured won't you?
- It is amazing what they can do now, you will soon be fixed up now you are on the list?
- What are the risks?
50% after five years (half the people who have a lung transplant will be dead after five years)
- How many people are waiting? (31.8.10)
- - 245 people were registered for lung transplant
- - 64 people received lung transplant
So that is all I have today as it took a long time to find out the details for this blog I have added another post more in depth about the seventh call on the bar at the top if you are interested.So it seems 7 is not my lucky number.
- Number 8. Don't the Chinese think that is lucky? Right that is it then 8 will be my lucky number now!
- Finally I thought I would add a link to a story I read today on the Mail On-line make sure to watch the video at the end of the story it is the best reason I have found to sign the register!!!
Then anyone who wants to can sign the donor register here