WHEN John Dale heard he had been accepted on to the organ transplant list a huge wave of relief came over him.
“He nearly danced out of Papworth,” his wife Frances, 61, said when they were told the good news in March 2011 after a series of tests.
“We all were,” added his daughter Nicola, 30. “It had got to a point where his doctor said the only option is the transplant.”
In 2006, the dad-of-two developed a persistent cough that he just couldn’t shake.
He was diagnosed a year later with cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis, a rare uncurable lung disease that has no obvious cause and has a three-to five-year outlook.
At 63 and slightly overweight, he feared that he would not be placed on the list.
But John only needed one lung. It seemed only a matter of time before that call would come saying an organ had been found.
It would mean the end of two years of no holidays because travelling was so difficult. Now it was a case of staying within two hours of Papworth in case the opportunity arose.
And with doctors saying it could be as little as a 48-hour wait after going on the list for a match to be found, things were looking up for the Dale family.
John prepared admission suitcases where he worked as a stockbroker in London, and at his home in Ware Park, Ware, and waited for the call that would give the popular outgoing family man his life back.
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