One cystic fibrosis sufferer has turned down the chance to get a heart and lung transplant so she can complete her bucket list.
Channan Petrides has been given a year to live by doctors and does not want to spend it in a hospital bed or risk dying during surgery, so has decided to make the most of the time she has left.
After hearing that the double transplant could fail only months after taking place – or that she could die on the operating table, the 22 year old decided against having the major operation and instead wants to be well enough to tick off her bucket list before dying.
Cystic fibrosis feels like having a plastic bag over your head and breathing through a straw so a lot of patients who have transplants have to learn to breathe again because they aren’t used to taking in that much air.
If it brought me another twenty years, of course I’d do it, but doctors told me there was a chance I’d die on the operating table or my new organs would fail after just six months.
Cystic fibrosis sufferers normally have a life expectancy of around 40 years, but after her health began to dramatically decline at only 19 years of age, the now 22 year old knew that she may have some tough choices to make in the near future.
Despite her family taking time to come round to the decision she made and support it, Channan says they are now fully supportive and want to help her complete her bucket list.