Good to see Sir Richard Branson now throwing his weight behind the Campaign for Organ Donations.
RE: Mum’s desperate bid for double transplant – Bid to get more people on organ donor register. (Chorley Guardian, Wednesday, November 2, 2011)
I was very touched by Natalie Kerr’s article in last week’s Chorley Guardian (Nov 2nd). I checked in my purse for my donor card which I thought I had. I am ashamed to say that I must have discarded it when having a sort out. I went on the internet and it took me a couple of minutes to register.
Natalie said that she believes that people may be put off joining the list because they think it is a long or difficult process. I agree with her about this but I also think that the majority of us are scared to think about death. Becci, our eldest daughter had a very sensitive nature and would leave the room if we talked about illness or death. However, she took carrying her donor card with her very seriously and I remember her quite often getting it out and showing it to us. Becci tragically died in a coach crash in Ecuador in 2008 and her wish for her organs to be donated could not be fulfilled. This is something that upsets me to this day. In memory of Becci, and out of respect and admiration for Natalie’s bravery, I would like to urge us all to consider joining the donor register.
I desperately hope that Natalie gets her double lung transplant so that she can be with her children as they grow up. She is very courageous to face up to what is happening and to talk openly and honestly with her children.
what a lovely letter so thoughtful and touching, thank you very much Jane, hoping this will encourage many more to register as donors. I am proud to say that we as Natalie`s Mum & Dad are registered Donor`s since 1993.
Transplant hope10.10AM Wed Oct 26 2011
A young mother from Lancashire is calling for more people to sign up to the organ donor register after being told its her only chance of survival. Natalie Kerr, suffers from a rare condition that makes breathing very hard, and puts an incredible strain on her heart. Two years ago Natalie managed to raise tens of thousands of pounds for stem cell treatment in America. Sadly its been unsuccessful and her condition has worsened. Now her only hope is a double lung transplant.By: Mel Barham
see Natalie`s Interview click on the links below:-
10th Oct. Going to buy my trainers today ready for my new lungs!! And Brandon says mummy make sure u get ones with laces and a good grip! Erm who's the parent? Lol Love you Brandon! I'll soon be able to chase after you :)
18h Oct .seeing the surgeons tomorrow... Nervous.com lol!
19th Oct. Seen the surgeon today and he was very nice and I trust he will look after me! They will now have a meeting on Friday and I should go on the transplant list! getting abit scared now but excited at the same time! x
21st oct . at 04 pm :- just received a call from the transplant co coordinator and as of now I am active on the transplant list!!! Woo hoo! New life here I come! xx
Register on line to day:-
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Is exhausted from doing absolutely nothing
Sunday 31/07.2011 = Just arrived at Wythenshawe Hospital! admitted and put in bed to rest and wait, wait , wait.
Monday 01/08/2011 = Well day one of transplant assessment! Had 13 bottles of blood taken this morning, had chest and teeth x-ray and seen the dietician who says I'm a healthy weight! The nurses are nice and taking good care of me!
Tuesday 02/08/2011 = Bone density scan, Dietician, visit from the social worker.
Wednesday 03/08/2011 = Ultrasound of Abdomen, Heart Scan, ECG, Visited the Intensive Care Unit, had a long chat with the Lung Transplant Specialist Nurse.
Tired from the transplant tests! Very impressed with Wythenshawe hospital though! Home tomorrow to see my babies.
Thursday 04/08/2011 = lung function test, a talk with the Physio , CT Scan. then home hopefully.
a good discussion with the Transplant co-ordinator.
Home at last! Very tired after all my tests for transplant! My fate is now in the transplant team's hands! I just have to wait for the phone call x