Saturday, July 18, 2015

Dramatic story of Charlie, 11, and his wait for a lung transplant to be told on TV

The York Press | Kate Liptrot

Charlie York and his dad Christy

JUST a year ago, cystic fibrosis sufferer Charlie York was clinging to life, his only hope of survival an urgent lung transplant.

Now he is a healthy, happy 11-year-old who even won the 100m race at his school sports day, thanks to a life saving lung transplant carried out last July at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The agonising decision faced by his parents Christy and Sasha as to whether he should have the very risky transplant as their son's condition rapidly deteriorated will be shown on BBC Two's Great Ormond Street next Tuesday in an episode called Fight to Breathe.

A month after being put on the transplant register, they received the call that donor lungs were found and Charlie was quickly transferred from his home in Long Marston to York Racecourse where he was flown by RAF helicopter to Regent's Park.

Christy said: "After the operation he was unconscious but his colour had changed. His lungs were immediately working. He had a pink colour to his cheeks because he was breathing properly for the first time in years. Continue reading


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