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Inspirational Stories

80 years on with a heart still going strong

My name is Jean Lewis, I was born in 1931 weighing 10.5 lbs, looking the picture of health.

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Heart Transplant - A Member's Story

Before his transplant, Jason Corrigan was not aware that transplantation was a possibility for him. Here, Jason tells his story.

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We've come a long, long way... (since 1966)

Born the youngest of four in 1955, I was diagnosed with pulmonary and infundibular stenosis as a baby.

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Mother and Daughter Perspectives on the Heart

One heart condition, two sides of the story. Wendy Sterry and her daughter, GUCH patient Nicola, share their experiences of a heart condition.

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A Journey to the Heart

I was two when I was diagnosed with aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the aortic valve. A few years ago I started to become very tired and breathless.

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Surgery: Yes, it can be very, very scary (but you are not alone)

I was born with Aortic Stenosis. I had a valvotomy at birth and have a fine scar to show for it!

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TGA, VSD? It’s (not) all Greek to me!

I am sure that this sentence is all Greek to you but these were more or less the words that my cardiologist used when he said "George, the time for the surgery has come"

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Completely out of the blue

The first indication that I might have a heart condition was in October 2009, when I started to experience mild chest pain and palpitations at rest.

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Telling children about Mummy or Daddy being a GUCH

As I walked in the door, I was met by expectant faces – they all knew where I had been. All clear for another year. Good news. My 8 year old son Max threw his arms around me and said “I don’t want someone to touch mummy’s heart”.

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My heart transplant

On 31st July 2009, at 5 o’clock in the morning, I was called to Papworth Hospital for a heart transplant. This was the third call I had received whilst on the waiting list.

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