24th April 2013
At just 18 months of age Oli Lewington was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, the UK’s most common life-threatening genetic disease. Growing up he stayed relatively well and active until he hit his teens and early twenties when his health changed for the worse.
Suffering a partial collapse of the lung in 2004, Oli was listed for a double-lung transplant in June 2005. He endured no less than four false alarms for transplant, each time being called to the hospital and prepped for surgery only to be told that the donor lungs weren’t good enough to be transplanted. In November 2007, mere weeks from death, Oli received the gift he’d been waiting for, and in the course of seven hours on an operating table, his life was turned around.
Stories give you insight into the lives of others and an opportunity, for a moment, to see life from where they stand. They have the power to inspire action, change opinions and provide a refuge of hope and comfort in the newly acquired knowledge that we are not alone. Oli’s is the newest addition to the Stories section of fleshandblood where you can read more about him and his transplant. Continue reading »