Monday, 12 August 2013
'Dad has gone from Sick to Superman'
Organ donation doesn't simply save lives, in the sense of keeping people (barely) alive, but it allows them to lead much fuller, more normal lives, as this inspiring story of a father swimming from Alcatraz to shore to celebrate five years since his double lung transplant shows. It's a great example of how much of a difference a transplant can make to the recipient's quality of life, but also comes with important reminders about the limits of what transplants can achieve "The current average survival period of a lung recipient in the US and Europe is five years. Statistics say that the current 10-year survival rate of a lung transplant patient is 30%, meaning that only one out of every three patients will celebrate their 10th anniversary". Still, even five more years of healthy life is a considerable achievement, and especially valuable for someone like Gavin Maitland with young children.