A woman warned a cold could have killed her was saved by a transplant when she had hours to live

WALES ONLINE | Cathy Owen

Kim is recovering in hospital from her transplant (Photo: Jai Eastwood Photography)
Kim Hodge was only hours from death when her life was saved by a donor.

Now she is speaking from her hospital bed after undergoing a critical lung transplant to raise awareness and the need for organ donors.

The 48-year-old, from Pontardawe near Swansea , was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was around two years old and her condition has gradually deteriorated over the years.

In January she was taken to hospital with a chest infection and had to be attached to an oxygen machine for 16 hours a day.

Kim was told then that she only had 10 months to live unless she had a lung transplant and that even catching a cold could kill her.

Eleven months on and, after going downhill and spending three days at the top of the transplant list, Kim is recovering at the Harefield Transplant Hospital in London from an operation.

She said: "In September I took a huge decline and admitted to Llandough Hospital near Cardiff . Continue reading
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