Knebworth organ transplant patient celebrates special Christmas and New Year

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 December 2013

Rob and Kathryn Graham are celebrating christmas this year after a successful heart and lung transplant

Rob and Kathryn Graham are celebrating christmas this year after a successful heart and lung transplant

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A Knebworth woman, who was given just two years to live in 2010, celebrated “a very special Christmas” this year after receiving a double lung and heart transplant.

Kathryn Graham, of Stevenage Road, was diagnosed with Pulmanary Hypotension three and half years ago.

She was told by doctors she was terminally ill and put on the transplant list shortly after.

On September 30 she under went a lifesaving 10 hour operation to replace her diseased lungs and damaged heart at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge.

After spending five days in a coma, Kathryn awoke to a new life.

“I keep pinching myself,” the 52-year-old said. “Since the operation I have just been getting better and better.

“I can have a bath and shower, which I couldn’t do properly before without a catheter or tubes getting in the way.

“I can go for walks and exercise again, which I could not dream of doing before because I was in a wheel chair.”

Kath, who used to teach at Templewood School in WGC and Howe Dell in Hatfield, and her husband Rob, and children will celebrate Christmas at home this year.

“It is so nice to be home for Christmas, and I don’t have to back to hospital for three weeks,” she said.

“We are going to have a very special Christmas with some very special gifts.”

The mother-of-two added: “I don’t think I will ever not value single day and [being able to do] simple things, I just keep pinching myself, and I don’t think that will ever disappear.

“It is just such a huge thing that we have been through.

“Our lives are going to be a lot different to how its been in the last few years, before it was all about waiting for the transplant, beyond that it was a dream but now it is reality.”

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