Life Stories

Clair's Gifts

Without two precious organ donors and the strength and courage of their families, Lucy may not have celebrated another Mother’s Day with her mum, Clair, who has had two double lung transplants.  Clair tells her story ...

“I was diagnosed with LAM six months after I got married in 2004.  I was 39 and I had a lovely 18-month-old daughter, Lucy.  I deteriorated quite quickly and by the time Lucy started nursery I was on oxygen 24 hours a day and using a wheelchair.

“By May 2006 I was on the transplant list.  I got the transplant call that changed my life in February 2008, a month before Lucy’s 5th birthday, and was out of hospital within six weeks.  We started to do fun normal things together and she started to realise her mummy was a fun mummy, not just a poorly one.

“Unfortunately things turned full circle and I was back on the transplant list in 2013.  My new lungs were being damaged by acid reflux, chronic rejection and infection.

“I was lucky to receive my second double lung transplant in October 2014 and spent a few months in hospital recovering this time - but now I feel fantastic!

“Because of organ donation I have been able to see my daughter grow up to be a lovely 14-year-old.  Because of my donors I have been here for her through infant, junior and now senior school.  Without my donors my daughter would have grown up without a mum.  Words can never say how much we, as a family, are grateful to them and their families.”

Clair Hemmington