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Monday 22 January 2018

Brave Becky loses fight for life after making medical history

Lung transplant patient Becky Jones from Dublin at the hospital in Manchester
Lung transplant patient Becky Jones from Dublin at the hospital in Manchester
Becky made medical history after a double world-first operation to cure her lung condition
Becky Jones with her mother Aisling

Louise Hogan and reporters

A BRAVE young woman who just months ago expressed her joy at feeling healthy after the world’s first double lung transplant, has lost her fight for life.

Becky Jones made medical history in May following an 11-hour operation at the University Hospital of South Manchester.

The 20-year-old, from Castleknock, Co Dublin, was the first cystic fibrosis sufferer to undergo a transplant while suffering from a common airborne fungus, multi-resistant aspergillus.

She died on Sunday -- three months after the operation on May 29 last. Her family said their beautiful daughter had put up "a brave fight".

Professor Nizar Yonan, transplant director at the hospital, last night said Becky had an "appetite for life" and took her chance "with both hands".

In interviews after her operation she said: "I had forgotten how it felt to be healthy. I'm not even sure if I've ever felt this well.

"I feel completely different. I can breathe again, which is amazing. Before the operation, I was on oxygen 24/7 and I felt breathless walking from place to place.”

Although she had dreams of becoming a fashion designer, Becky's chronic condition forced her to spend all her time sitting at home.

But after surgery she was allowed out of the hospital for a few hours and she even indulged her love of fashion by squeezing in some shopping. "I can't believe it, I absolutely love it," she said.

Becky's funeral took place today at the Church of Our Lady, Castleknock.

Irish Independent

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