Ok so I have been saying for a while now that I would do this post after someone inspired me to do this (@thatguy), but have been really busy revising for exams, but I have managed to scrape together some time to do it, and please let me know in the comments below if you have any ideas for my next post!
In early January, my friends step dad Dave, who was the head chef at the tapas bar Amigos was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis; “a condition in which the lung tissue becomes thickened, stiff and scarred over a period of time. The development of the scar tissue is called fibrosis. As the lung tissue becomes scarred and thicker, the lungs lose their ability to transfer oxygen into the bloodstream” And on the 13th of February, went into a 12 hour surgery to have a double lung transplant.
I talked to my friend, (when I say talked, I mean basically bombarded her with questions 😂) and this is what she said;
How long was it until he found a donor?
“Five days after being put on the lung transplant list, a donor was found, and Dave was rushed to Birmingham for a twelve hour procedure.”
What was his condition like before the surgery?
“He was in his deathbed. He wouldn’t have survived the rest of the day when he got the call. It changed his life by giving him a chance to breath on his own.”
What was life like before the surgery but after he was diagnosed?
“He had purple skin and severe coughing fits every time he tried to do everyday activities.”
Was it hard for your family?
“It was extremely hard for us. Especially when we had to prepare to say goodbye.”
What advice would he give to anyone who needs a lung transplant?
“Be positive, happy and surround yourself with people who love you and love them.”
Has being diagnosed changed Dave as a person?
“Dave’s positive attitude to his life completely changed as soon as he got ill. It’s almost as if he got resurrected!”
At the moment, Dave is once again in hospital, but for an infection in his right lung. Hang on Dave, be strong. You have made it through everything up to this point, don’t give up now.
Donating organs saves lives. If Dave’s donor had decided not to donate his organs, Dave may not be here with us today. So please please donate. Save lives.
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