|Ena Mitchell and her grandson Charlie (Rob Gray)|
IT was one of the most important years of Ena Mitchell’s life.
In 2013, within months of undergoing life-saving surgery, she became a grandmother for the first time to little Charlie, now three.
“It was certainly an emotional rollercoaster, and I feel incredibly lucky to be here,” the 51-year-old said. “And to be able to spend time with my grandson.
“Without the transplant, I might not have been here to meet him.”
Ena, from Yarrow Valley in the Borders, discovered she needed a liver transplant six years after being diagnosed with Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC).
The condition is caused when the immune system mistakenly attacks and damages the bile ducts in the liver.
Ena’s late father Bill had the same disease but, as it’s not hereditary, she never thought she would get it too.
Symptoms included extreme tiredness and weight loss and Ena’s skin became jaundiced.
The mum-of-three spent 50 long days on the transplant list, waiting for a suitable donor to be found.
“Every time the phone went, I thought, ‘This might be it!’ Continue reading
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