Charles, lung transplant recipient, performer and organ donation campaigner
Just a few months after receiving a double lung transplant, Charles was back on stage performing in Jesus Christ Superstar.
24-year-old Charles Michael Duke, a singer, songwriter and performer, was born with cystic fibrosis, a genetic condition that affects the lungs and digestive system.
He became a prominent campaigner for the importance of organ donation and the need for a law change during his three and a half year wait for a double lung transplant.
Incredibly, just a few months after receiving his transplant, Charles was back on stage preparing to star as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar – known to be one of the most demanding male vocal roles in musical theatre.
He said: “It wasn’t really until my lung collapsed whilst I was performing in a show that I really accepted that I was ill and that I needed a transplant.
“My mum always used to say: staying well is your job; whereas now I’m working, I’m singing, I’m performing, I’m getting back on the stage, my life has just completely changed.”
Every day across the UK, someone dies waiting for an organ transplant.
The law around organ donation in England has changed to help more people pass on more organs to save and improve more lives like Charles’.
You still have a choice if you want to be an organ donor when you die.
Whatever you decide, make sure you let your family and friends know.