Transplant teen celebrates first anniversary of her lifesaving operation

Salisbury Journal | Katy Griffin
Jess Paddock prior to receiving her lifesaving double lung transplant. Picture Sam O'Neill

TEENAGER Jess Paddock has celebrated the first anniversary of receiving a lifesaving double lung transplant.

The 15-year-old, who lives in Winterbourne Earls, was joined by family, friends, and the medical staff who have treated her over the years for a special "transplant party" at The Vestry on Friday.

"It was amazing. It was really nice to dance and not get out of breath," said Jessica.

Jessica, who has cystic fibrosis, underwent the lifesaving surgery in October last year at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and says it has made a big difference to her life.

Her condition had meant she had to use a wheelchair and was on oxygen 24-hours a day.

"I feel like a normal person," she said. "I would like to thank the donor's family. It has changed my life dramatically — it is completely different. It is like I'm a different person and looking back at a stranger." Continue reading

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