On 14th February 2014, a Heart Transplant Patient, Neil Eadie, received the news he had been waiting for, for a long, long time. He had suffered from heart failure for some time but in January 2013, he entered the final stages of the condition and reached the point where a “Do not Resuscitate Order” was signed. However, with perseverance and a great deal of help and support from his family and the brilliant expertise of the staff at UHSM, he finally got his transplant last Valentine’s Day.
As anyone who has undergone transplant surgery will be aware, the journey can be somewhat arduous but the level of support advice and standard of treatment he received were second to none and the ultimate goal was achieved. One question bothered him. How did he repay the debt he felt he owed to such wonderful people?
He decided to write a book about his journey through transplant primarily to raise funds for the New Start Charity but also to help other post and pre transplant patients by giving them an insight as to what may happen and to understand that they need not feel isolated.
The book is now in print and is available from the Transplant Reception and Charity Office.