TORONTO — A young woman whose inspirational advocacy for organ donation has garnered attention around the world gushed with gratitude Thursday at her first public appearance since receiving two lungs seven weeks ago.
At a news conference, Helene Campbell did a little happy dance to demonstrate her remarkable recovery from near death.
“I’ve named my lungs Gratitude — attitude with a little grrr,” Campbell said. “I’m just so grateful.”
In the space of six months, Campbell, 21, of Ottawa, went from skydiving and travelling abroad to someone who could barely walk.
She was diagnosed with a degenerative hardening of the lungs — ideopathic cystic fibrosis — a condition of unknown cause that was quickly suffocating her. On April 6, after just 10 weeks on the organ waiting list, she underwent a transplant.
On Thursday, a small scar on her throat and a husky voice were the only obvious signs of her dramatic journey.
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