Vicky’s Story

New Marske double lung swap operation mum celebrates amazing 15-year milestone

Vicky Petterson, 43, is all set to mark her double lung transplant milestone in style with a party with friends and family

A New Marske mum with cystic fibrosis has broken medical boundaries by today celebrating 15 years since her double lung transplant. Now 43-year-old Vicky Petterson is all set to mark the milestone in style with a party with friends and family. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disease caused by a faulty gene. The gene controls the movement of salt and water in and out of your cells, so the lungs and digestive system become clogged with mucus, making it hard to breathe and digest food. Although those with cystic fibrosis are living longer lives due to improved treatment, the average age someone with CF is expected to live to is 41.

Vicky was diagnosed at age three and was on the waiting list for a transplant by the time she was 22.s Freeman Hospital, she was very unwell and dependent on oxygen. Her son Antony was five.I hoped that following the transplant I would live long enough for him to remember me. s 20 now. s gone to uni…”

Vicky, who is a committee member for the Freeman Heart and Lung Transplant Association (FHLTA), says that the maximum CF sufferers are expected to live after a lung transplant is 15 years.chronic meaning that damage has been caused to them and function is down to around 60 or 70%. She also needs to use insulin and has digestion problems. However, Vicky, who lives with her husband Erik, 42, an area manager, is generally well, mainly, she says, through keeping active.

I still run and I still cycle.Vicky is the Sports Manager for the FHLTA.m still active. I keep myself well.By keeping active you keep yourself as well as possible.even us.I had no idea that it would give me a new life.”

I’d consider a second transplant if needed and given the opportunity.said Vicky.t had one done through fear and died.But my biggest fear was dying without being given the chance.”but also to let their families know about their wishes.s also most important to speak to your next of kin about it who can make any – s up to ”

Vicky raised £509 for the FHLTA  at her party with family and friends.