New lease on life for woman after transplant

2011-11-19 00:00

LIFE begins at 30 for Tina Beckbessinger who recently received two lungs and a heart in a double transplant procedure at the Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre.

The operations were a milestone for doctors at the specialist hospital, and the patient was all smiles as she considered the prospect of being able to socialise and live her life to its full potential.

“There were so many things that I couldn’t do … with two holes in my heart and pulmonary hypertension,” the high-spirited patient said.

Beckbessinger looks forward to spreading donor awareness and is encouraging people to get involved in donor projects. “This new lease on life will not be wasted — and I intend on raising awareness with my story of survival,” she said.

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