Clipper Round the World race for transplantee Justine
PUBLISHED: 12:46 31 May 2012
A TRANSPLANT recipient, who was minutes away from dying, is setting sail in one of the world’s hardest races.
Double lung transplantee Justine Laymond leaves Potters Bar tomorrow (Thursday) heading to New York to embark on the last leg of the Clipper Round the World Race.
She joins one of 10 identical 68ft clipper boats, with her boat being extra special – as its the first to compete with transplantees, transplant nurses and surgeons on board, highlighting their cause.
Justine received her double lung transplant in July 2006 after suffering numerous lung collapses and time in and out of a coma.
The 39-year-old, from Byng Drive, Potters Bar, believes, with the help of her donor, this challenge will be the pinnacle of her life.
She has raised funds to take part in the race, and wanted to thank the people and businesses in the town who help her along the way.
Speaking to the Potters Bar Edition ahead of the adventure, she said: “I’m excited, I’m petrified, what’s going to keep me going is nothing can be as bad as what I’ve been through.
“There can’t be anything worse than waking up from a coma and not being able to move or talk.
“I’m sure I will be scared with the weather and the sea, but deep down I know I have gone through more than most and that gives me inner strength.
“I’ve always got my donor with me too and I’ve got to get back as I have got so many other things to do.”
Justine is taking part in the final leg of the race from the USA, via Canada, Ireland and the Netherlands to Southampton and will celebrate her sixth transplant anniversary and National Transplant Week while onboard.
She added: “They call it the glory leg, but for me it’s about getting back to England alive and well.
“This is the pinnacle of my life.”