Michelle's story

23 years of living with lung disease were brought to an end when Michelle received a life-changing lung transplant.

8 July 2020

Michelle needed a single lung transplant after living with interstitial lung disease, a condition which causes a hardening and stiffening of the lungs, for 23 years.

She was placed on the transplant waiting list when her health began to significantly deteriorate. 

“Climbing a simple set of stairs would take me about 15 minutes,” Michelle says. “So I would climb up about two steps and then I would sit down, take a breather and then I would start again.”

After a year on the transplant list Michelle finally received the call she’d been waiting for.

I was a bit nervous, a bit scared, but I knew I had to have this transplant. My health now is fantastic, there are no problems and they are ever so pleased with my progress.

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 Michelle’s.

You still have a choice about whether or not you wish to become a donor.

Whatever you decide, make sure you let your family and friends know.

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