Richard Lampert – Heart Transplant 26/07/1987
In May of 1987 Richard, a previously healthy and active 18 year old became
critically ill whilst taking his ‘A level’ exams. He was diagnosed with
severe viral cardiomyopathy, leading to a severe stroke and complete heart
failure. Following 2 months rapidly deteriorating in hospital, Richard was
referred to the Freeman Heart Transplant Unit where He received a heart
transplant in July 1987.
(PIC) Following transplant and a couple of months in the Freeman Hospital Newcastle recovering,
I returned home to Ilkley, Yorkshire. After a number of years of intensive physiotherapy (to recover from the stroke I suffered shortly before my transplant), and through a great deal of perseverance and hard work, I regained the ability to walk and the use of my left arm. (Doctors told me I would never walk again!)
In 1989 I went to Leeds Metropolitan University to study Information Technology, graduating in 1991.
Following a couple of years working as a computer developer, I was made redundant and decided on a change of direction.
In 1994 (against the Drs Advice!)I studied to become a water sports instructor at the UK Sailing Academy, in Cowes (Isle of Wight). I qualified as
- RYA Senior Dinghy Instructor
- RYA Powerboat Instructor
- RYA Assistant Windsurfing Instructor
I then worked at a number of outdoor education centres (Portsmouth and Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire) teaching children and adults.
In 1997 I decided it was time to settle down and moved to Woburn, Bedfordshire with my girlfriend and went back into computing.
In 1999 I started working for the Open University in Milton Keynes. In 2000 I married Wendy and since then have continued working at the Open University in IT Training.
Whilst working full time I have continued sailing (we own and regularly sail a catamaran on the lake near we live). I also enjoy cycling and have done a number of sponsored cycles for the British Heart Foundation. I love photography and travelling. Having visited many countries and wonderful places
In the 25 years since my transplant my health has been generally good. I thank Chris McGregor (my surgeon) and the team at the Freeman for taking the risk on giving me the transplant and giving me the life I now have!