Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Record-breaking heart and lung transplant survivor appeals for more people to join organ donor register

Mirror UK | Andrew Gregory

British patient has become the world’s longest ever survivor of a heart-lung transplant - and pleaded with more people to become organ donors.

Andrew Whitby, 51, who underwent the lifesaving operation 30 years ago, has been officially recognised by the Guinness Book of Records.

He had the transplant after he was born with a hole in his heart.

Today he made an appeal for more people to sign the organ donor register, describing transplantation as “life-changing”.

Official figures published todayshow the number of people in the UK donating organs after death has fallen for the first time in more than a decade.

Doctors had predicted Mr Whitby, of Teddington, South West London, would be unlikely to live more than a few years after being born with the heart defect.

But he defied expectations and lived normally until the age of 20, when his health began to deteriorate. Continue reading

 

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