Georgina's story:

At the end of 2010, Georgina began to become unwell the following four years, Georgina experienced a decline in her health. At the end of 2014 she received a life saving organ donation that has motivated her to participate and raise awareness by competing in the British Transplant Games.

“Between 2010 and 2012 my health deteriorated rapidly. I was sent for an Electrocardiogram (ECG) and an echocardiogram, which measure the heart and blood vessels to test its productivity. The findings showed that I had a very large blood clot in my Left ventricular Chamber of the heart. I was rushed to my local hospital, where they managed to disperse the clot immediately. I was told that another day of the clot not being recognised, I would have collapsed and died. After further testing to find out the cause of the blood clot, it was revealed that I had a condition called Left Ventricular Cardiomyopathy. This was a shock.”

“The events that followed completely changed my life.”

In 2011 Georgina’s life suddenly took a turn. Not only was she handling her own medical health, but in the same year, her family life took a huge toll.

“Early that year my husband died from a heart attack. The journey ahead of me was going to be a very long ride. I was trying to cope knowing I had this heart condition, the grief, and my two children who needed my support more than ever! I was in a bubble.”

“By 2012 my health took a turn for the worse and I was admitted numerous times into hospital with heart failure and a failing immune system. And then in 2014, at one of my routine appointments I was told that my heart was becoming very week and referred me to Royal Papworth Hospital. Everything became a blur, I was going through the motions. I was going to fight this as my children had lost their father and now they were thinking they were going to lose their mother.”

Initially, Georgina was not able to be put on the transplant list because of her Pulmonary Hypertension, a type of blood pressure that affects the arteries in your lungs and the right side of your heart. After Georgina received medical treatment to help her blood pressure level, she was put on the transplant waiting list in 2014. After six weeks waiting, she received her transplant.

On the 25-28th August, the British Transplant Games will take place in Newport, Wales. The Games started over 40 years ago with the aim to promote a healthy, active lifestyle for transplant recipients, raise awareness of the need for organ donation and show appreciation for, and remember, donors and their families.

Georgina was approached by the Team Manager at a Transplant support meeting. Last year was her first British Transplant Games, she participated in the Table Tennis, a sport which she only started playing due to her transplant, and the 3K walk in which she won a bronze medal. Georgina will participate in both of these events again this year.

“Being a competitor for the games, we all have one thing in common and we all have a story to tell. Prior to my transplant I wouldn’t say I was a very sporty person, so for me it’s good to have something to aim for and a challenge."

"I can only thank my donor for the selfless act of donating her organs to me. The games also highlight how important organ donation is and how it changes people’s lives. In my case it not only changed my life but also my children lives.”

“The Transplant Games can only be described as laughter, life and inspirational. This journey has taught me how precious life is and how it can change overnight. I plan to remain fit by continuing to play Table Tennis and to look after a very special heart that I have been donated. During the last 8 years my life has changed, I am just so grateful that I am still around to see my children grow up and enjoy life to the full.”