Michelle suffered for twenty one years with Interstitial Lung Disease and mild Pulmonary Hypertension. In February 2018, Michelle was one of 5 patients whose lives were saved when they all received a transplant at Royal Papworth Hospital in less than 36 hours. The transplant transformed Michelle’s life along with breaking a world record.

The Transplant Team have turned my life around!

Michelle says, “I am so blessed to have had the transplant and now be able to do so many things which I was unable to do for so long. From the bottom of my heart I thank the donor very much, for giving me the chance!“

Michelle told us how her life was before the transplant, “I tried to carry on with my life the best I could, but I noticed eventually I was getting more out of breath. I was put on the priority list in 2017 and I had two unsuccessful calls.

One night, mum and I were talking and I was saying that I was getting tired. Then all of a sudden the phone rang. It was Papworth Hospital. They had found a match and I needed to be ready because the ambulance was on their way. I slowly got dressed. My heart was beating, for happiness and slightly scared at the same time. But I knew it was for the best. I don’t think I had a lot of energy left. I was just getting by.

I am so very grateful to my consultants, surgeons, nurses and all the staff at Royal Papworth Hospital. The Transplant Team have turned my life around! I’m hoping in the future. I’ll be an inspiration to others, by telling my story.”

Thankfully, Michelle has made an amazing recovery and now wants to use her experiences to educate others particularly on the importance of organ donation.