Life rosier for sis­ters

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JES­SICA WAR­RINER

Sarah was di­ag­nosed as a baby, while Fiona was of­fi­cially di­ag­nosed at 12.

“We sort of knew that what­ever Sarah had, I had; I was be­ing ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal any­where from two to 10 times a year,” Fiona said.

The pair at­tended Perth Mod­ern School. Sarah said this al­lowed the sis­ters to be close to Princess Mar­garet Hospi­tal to at­tend classes when pos­si­ble.

Her health took a turn for the worse in Year 12 and she moved to Mel­bourne for a po­ten­tial lung trans­plant.

Fiona said her sis­ter was told that any time she went to sleep, she may not wake up.

One morn­ing she got a call from her frail sis­ter to say lungs had be­come avail­able; they were not the right blood group, nor were they in good con­di­tion, and there was a 70 per cent chance it would not suc­ceed.

“I got on the first plane to Mel­bourne and cried all the way,” she said.

But Sarah beat the odds.

“I walked home from hospi­tal two weeks later. To walk with­out oxy­gen (as­sis­tance) is amaz­ing, to be free,” she said.

Sarah is now a teacher at New­man Col­lege, rais­ing a two-year-old son with her hus­band.

Sis­ter Fiona had her dou­ble lung trans­plant 12 months ago.

Af­ter a tough six months with com­pli­ca­tions, Fiona is now able to pick up her four-year-old son, walk with­out a sec­ond thought and is study­ing sec­ondary teach­ing at uni­ver­sity.

The 65 Roses Day Fundraiser takes place on Fri­day. Hun­dreds of vol­un­teers will be sell­ing roses at $5 a stem. Visit

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