HAUNTED BY MY HEART!
TRANSPLANT PATIENT FELT PRESENCE OF TRAGIC WAR HERO WHO SAVED HER
WHEN Sheron Williamson’s heart stopped in hospital, her daughter watched her die.
Her monitor flatlined. Sheron saw a glowing white light – but medics brought her back.
Four days later, she received a new heart from a soldier believed to have died from injuries sustained in the Iraq War.
Sheron’s life was saved – but she was haunted by the hero whose death was her salvation.
When she awoke from the operation, she started experiencing strange, unexplained symptoms.
She began craving beer – something she hated – and could not shift the smell of damp woolly socks for more than a year.
The 50- year- old believes those unusual side- effects were down to ‘ wearing somebody else’s heart’.
Sheron, who now lives in Solihull, told how she suddenly became ill after a run, and managed to get herself to hospital just in time.
“I started to feel unwell,” she recalled. “My legs were shaking, and I started to vomit. I took myself to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. I’d been there around six times previously, but they kept reassuring me I was fit and healthy.
“On this particular morning it was different.
“They told me I had just 12 days to live.”
Sheron was diagnosed with giant- cell myocarditis, a rare disorder where the heart is inflamed.
She was put on medication and underwent two surgical procedures. But suddenly she suffered huge blood loss and cardiac arrest.
Sheron died in hospital and was brought back to life by doctors.
“I was sitting in bed eating my cornflakes, when I felt something wet on my side,” she says. “At first, I thought I had spilled the milk. Then, when I looked down, it was blood. There was so much that it had gone on the floor and run towards the door.
“I fell unconscious, and my heart monitor was flatlining. That’s when I saw the light that everybody talks about.
“My heart had stopped. When I woke up, my daughter told me that she had watched me die. It was so traumatic for her.
“After that medics decided I needed a transplant.”
Sheron was put on the transplant list and miraculously, four days later on March 19, 2011, a heart was found and Sheron underwent transplant surgery.
“As a mother to a 14- year- old, I was distraught, our lives were turned upside down,” she says. “But four days later, thanks to a donor, I woke up wearing a new heart.”
The gift of the donor family had saved Sheron’s life, meaning that she can now see her teenage daughter grow up.
But almost as soon as she had woken up from the life- changing operation the mum- of- one started experiencing strange symptoms.
“There was a rumour that he was a soldier who had been flown back from Iraq to the QE Hospital,” says Sheron. “When I woke up all I could smell was wet woolly socks. Apparently, I was screaming that I wanted a beer. It’s all I kept saying.
“Eventually, a member of my family was able to bring me a can of beer into the ward, and I just spat it out. Who knows, but perhaps it was because I was wearing a soldier’s heart that I was getting his cravings.
“All I could smell was those socks for about a year, but thankfully it’s faded now.”
Above, Sheron Williamson is a picture of health today and, left, all smiles with daughter Sheroni