Life rosier for sisters
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.
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