Carla Gair

Advocates

Carla was thrilled to receive her transplant at the end of 2014 and remains in good health.  The following is her account, written as her health deteriorated rapidly.

I first discovered I had heart failure when I had a cardiac arrest, aged 30. I was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy, which means that my heart is enlarged and is not pumping efficiently, so I was fitted with an ICD (internal defib). I used to be very active and had a big passion for dance and performing arts.

Since 2007 the heart failure has got progressively worse and now it’s a struggle to climb one flight of stairs. I have two amazing children but it is hard to keep up with their pace of life!

Since October 2013 I have been on the transplant list at Papworth Hospital. I have had three false starts and a brief visit to intensive care, which takes its toll emotionally on us all. We are keeping positive that the right heart will soon become available so we can start building a new life thanks to an amazing gift! In the meantime, I would love to help raise awareness and promote the all-important family discussion about organ donation.




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