Go-ahead for life-chang­ing dou­ble lung and heart op

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY OLIVIA KELLEHER

Is­abel Terry spoke of her de­light hours be­fore she jet­ted to the UK on a spe­cial med­i­cal flight with her mother Deirdre and part­ner Philip by her side.

The Cork wo­man, 42, will un­dergo the op­er­a­tion in New­cas­tle after be­ing told she is com­pat­i­ble for do­nated or­gans that came avail­able on Fri­day.

Is­abel, from Bishopstown, said: “At last, I just got the goa­head. I’m ner­vous but feel­ing good about it.”

She needed surgery as a re­sult of a birth con­di­tion re­ferred to as pul­monary atre­sia, a de­fect of her heart’s pul­monary valve.

Is­abel hit the head­lines last month when a Good Sa­mar­i­tan of­fered her a pri­vate plane for a hos­pi­tal date after the HSE re­fused her re­quest for an air am­bu­lance.

She re­cently spoke of her tough bat­tle to get to this point hav­ing first been put on the trans­plant list in 2002.

Is­abel, who doc­u­ments her med­i­cal jour­ney on her Life On The List blog, has to date Is­abel on plane to New­cas­tle un­der­gone three open-heart surg­eries and is on oxy­gen 24 hours a day.

She said: “I had about four or five calls for the heart, none of them went ahead.

“Your phone rings and it says, ‘Is­abel, we have a pos­si­ble heart for you’. You grab your bag and you go.

“My par­ents would have driven to the hos­pi­tal or a cou­ple of times I was brought by am­bu­lance to Dublin.

“The first time I got called, after half an hour in the am­bu­lance I picked up my phone and they said it’s not go­ing ahead so you hang up and go home.

“There were four times I was prepped and they’d come in and say, ‘Look, the heart isn’t good enough, and they need to check it out’.” Is­abel said at the time it was im­por­tant to have a sense of per­spec­tive when trans­plants didn’t go ahead.

She added: “It is dif­fi­cult when it hap­pens, but I say to my­self I get to go home. Some­one is go­ing home with­out their son or daugh­ter that day.”

She is­sued an ap­peal to the pub­lic to talk about or­gan do­na­tion with loved ones.

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I’ve been prepped for surgery so many times and it didn’t go ahead IS­ABEL TERRY BISHOPSTOWN, CORK

A HEART–LUNG trans­plant is a pro­ce­dure car­ried out to re­place both heart and lungs in a sin­gle op­er­a­tion.

Due to a short­age of suit­able donors, and the fact that both or­gans have to be trans­planted to­gether, it is a very rare Our story on the flight gift for Is­abel pro­ce­dure. Pa­tients will be given an­tire­jec­tion drugs, and an­tibi­otics to pre­vent in­fec­tion after the op­er­a­tion.

Most prospec­tive can­di­dates for surgery have be­tween 12 and 24 months to live.


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