Life-savers are thanked

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

A Cas­tle Dou­glas woman has thanked the med­i­cal staff who helped save her life.

Wendy McCleary, 48, ended up in hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with the rare auto-im­mune dis­ease Good­pas­ture syn­drome, which af­fects the kid­neys and lungs and can be deadly if not treated quickly enough.

And on Fri­day she re­turned to the Moun­tain­hall Treat­ment Cen­tre, in Dum­fries, to hand over the £2,020 pro­ceeds of a fundraiser she or­gan­ised for the re­nal unit.

Wendy, who is now back at work in Tesco in Cas­tle Dou­glas, said: “I thought it was a bad cough but it went on for five months so I knew it was some­thing more.

“They told me how bad it could have been and it was very wor­ry­ing.

“I was in for six days over New Year and back in May for 11 days with pleurisy. I’ve been told it can stay in your sys­tem for up to two years.”

As a thank you to med­i­cal staff, Wendy and her fam­ily or­gan­ised a fun evening at the new club­house at Th­reave Rovers’ Meadow Park ground.

Eighty tick­ets were sold with lots of peo­ple vol­un­teer­ing to help out.

She said: “I wanted to say thank you to them so or­gan­ised a night of en­ter­tain­ment. My brother-in-law got a band to­gether and we also had a raf­fle and raised £2,020.”

Funds Wendy McCleary presents a cheque to Dr Michael Kelly and nurse Wendy Brown. Also pic­tured are Michelle McCleary with her son Mur­ray McCracken and Wendy’s hus­band Colin

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