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Best present in years

By Tamika

Hey there world. My name is Tamika and I am 15 years old. When I was 32 days old, I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. I was doing pretty well until I was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 10.

Ever since then my hospital stays were becoming more and more frequent. I would spend two weeks in hospital and then three to four weeks at home. It was like this for a few years until I became very unwell and I was placed on the transplant waiting list.

One day my lungs just gave up. I was placed on life support and rushed to hospital to be put on the high priority transplant list. The staff there called out to all states and then New Zealand.

Two days later I received my double lung transplant. At 5pm I went into the operating room and came out at 11pm. It was the best present my family could have asked for.

I am so grateful for the angel that donated me their lungs. They are in my prayers everyday.