Extreme sports lover back in action just weeks after pioneering heart transplant surgery


Tom Shing was left fighting for his life after being diagnosed with a heart muscle disease

Tom Shing was back wakeboarding within weeks of his heart transplant surgery (Image: Handout)
An extreme sports lover has made an amazing recovery after he received pioneering heart transplant surgery and is urging others to join the organ donor register.

Tom Shing, now 25, was among the first successful non beating heart transplant patients.

Within seven hours of the surgery, Tom was out of bed and doing exercises with a physiotherapist. Within 10 weeks he was wakeboarding, and within 12 weeks he was back on his motocross bike.

The team who carried out the operation at Papworth Hospital say they have proved that heart transplants from circulatory determined dead donors (DCD) work and can save many more lives.

Previously surgeons were only able to transplant beating hearts from donors once they are certified brain dead. Continue reading

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