Saturday 25 November 2017

Brave woman undergoes lifesaving surgery after 14-year wait: 'The next few days are critical'

Isabel Terry on board her flight to Newcastle on Friday
Isabel Terry on board her flight to Newcastle on Friday
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

An Irish woman has undergone lifesaving surgery in the UK - after spending fourteen years on the waiting list for a double lung and heart transplant.

Isabel Terry (42) received a call from doctors in Newcastle on Friday, advising her that the organs she desperately needed had finally become available.

The brave Cork woman, who was born with pulmonary atresia, has undergone three open heart surgeries in her lifetime.

Independent.ie previously revealed how the HSE failed to provide her with an air ambulance for a vital hospital appointment in England - an appointment which determined whether she should still be considered for the transplant list.

An anonymous individual got in contact after reading Isabel's story and arranged for her to travel by a private airplane.

Now, just three weeks later, Isabel's wait has finally come to an end.

She flew to Newcastle on Friday night and the surgery was carried out over the weekend.

Isabel runs her own blog 'Life on the List'
Isabel runs her own blog 'Life on the List'

Speaking to Independent.ie, her partner Philip said: "It's nuts that we were here just three weeks ago for her assessment. To get the call then after so many years was a big shock for Isabel. Amazing events to say the least.

"The next few days are obviously critical but we have 100pc confidence in the team here. They were almost 12 hours in theatre. It was always going to be a very complicated surgery."

Isabel previously told Independent.ie about the plans she had in store if she ever received the transplants.

"You have sick people and they’ll do a bucket list, but I have a list of things I’m going to do after my transplant. I’m going to see Rodeo Drive because Pretty Woman is my favourite film, I'm determined," she said.

Her health had been deteriorating over the last number of years, but her partner Philip said they can finally look to the future now.

"The next 2-3 days are critical, but if anyone can do it, Isabel Terry can."

Isabel has been sharing her journey on the Facebook page Life on the List, which campaigns for people to become donors.

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