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Michael's story

By Michael

When I was first diagnosed with cardiomyopathy I received conventional treatment for my left ventricular failure until my condition worsened, requiring the implantation of an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD).

At the same time I was assessed for suitability for a heart transplant. I was one of the very lucky people put on the transplant waiting list. I was even luckier to receive a call to hospital after a lapse of only two and a half weeks!

I survived the transplant, but did suffer some infection. I survived this to emerge as a new man. I no longer suffer from heart congestion and regained the ability to walk normally.

My family was of enormous support throughout this time. I am now fit and healthy and consider myself to be one of the luckiest people alive - because I am alive!

Most people I know had to wait at least six months for a heart to become available. I am extremely grateful to the family of my donor for their sacrifice and will live to express it.

Michael