Record-break­ing trans­plant pa­tient was an ‘in­spi­ra­tion’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HARE­FIELD Hos­pi­tal staff have paid trib­ute to the world’s longest­sur­viv­ing heart trans­plant pa­tient, who died aged 73.

John McCaf­ferty un­der­went a life-sav­ing op­er­a­tion more than 33 years ago, af­ter he was di­ag­nosed with di­lated car­diomy­opa­thy, aged 39.

He had been given just five years to live when he re­ceived the trans­plant at Hare­field Hos­pi­tal on Oc­to­ber 20 1982.

A Hare­field Hos­pi­tal spokesper­son said: “We are ex­tremely sad to hear that John has passed away and are for­ever grate­ful for his ded­i­ca­tion to the Trust as a pub­lic gov­er­nor and for his tire­less work sup­port­ing or­gan do­na­tion.

“As the world’s long­est sur­viv­ing heart trans­plant pa­tient, John was an in­spi­ra­tion to oth­ers and epit­o­mised the lifechang­ing na­ture of trans­plan­ta­tion.

“He will be greatly missed by the en­tire trans­plant com­mu­nity.”

Mr McCaf­ferty was of­fi­cially recog­nised as the world’s long­est sur­viv­ing heart trans­plant pa­tient by Guin­ness World Records in 2013.

Mr McCaf­ferty, from New­port Pag­nell in Buck­ing­hamshire, passed away on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 9, at Mil­ton Keynes Hos­pi­tal.

His wife of 50 years, Ann, told the BBC: “The last 30 years we had to­gether were bril­liant. We’ve trav­elled the world.”

Di­lated car­diomy­opa­thy leads to scar­ring of the heart wall and dam­age to the mus­cle.

This causes the heart to be­come weak­ened and en­larged, pre­vent­ing it from pump­ing ef­fi­ciently.

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