Home at last for double-lung transplant girl Tor
Double lung transplant girl Tor Tremlett was last week well enough to return to her Romford home.
The brave 24-year-old waited four years – and went through eight false alarms – before being rushed to Harefield Hospital, in Middlesex, on October 10 when an organ match was found.
There, Tor underwent a gruelling ten-hour operation which marked the beginning of her new life.
Seven weeks on Tor was well enough to return to the family home, where she is continuing her slow recuperation.
“I don’t feel too bad but it will take a while to recover,” she told the Recorder
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Tor suffers from Cystic Fibrosis which severely affects her breathing.
Before the op, she relied on a round-the-clock oxygen supply from a ventilator to help her breathe and needed a wheelchair to get around.
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Chris Tremlett, Tor’s mum said: “She is doing very well. The recovery time will take a while but doctors are pleased with her progress. Tor has check-ups twice a week.”
Tor has devoted time to help create more donors – only 20 per cent of the population are registered donors.
She is a registered donor herself and said: “It takes two minutes to register as a donor and what most people don’t realise is that you are more likely to need a transplant than become a donor.
“Anyone could need a transplant at some stage. Would you be willing to take an organ but not give one? Please sign up. You could literally be saving a life like mine.
“One person can save up to nine lives – what better legacy is there?”
More than 7,500 people in the UK are currently waiting for an organ transplant and around three people who need a transplant die every day while waiting.
Visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 2323 to register as a donor.