Sunday, August 19, 2007
This was in the daily mirror on thursday
Dad Peter Williams has finally been given a new heart after an agonising three-year wait for a donor.
Peter, 28, was yesterday recovering in intensive care after a ten-hour transplant.
And delighted wife Sarah said: "I've got my husband back and our kids have got their daddy back. There's a long way to go before he's fully fit and I'm still keeping everything crossed. But we've finally got something, to celebrate."
The Mirror told last week how Peter needed to find a heart within weeks if he was to survive. He was hooked to a machine that kept him alive for a record 763 days - but left him unable to play with daughters Nicole, seven, Lauren, four, and Serena, two. Ex-supermarket worker Peter, of Welwyn Garden City, Herts, suffered a bout of flu six years ago that caused his heart to swell.
His heart rate soared from 60 beats a minute to 220 and he had to be put on the machine to control his blood flow.
Now the transplant has brought hope of a new life. Sarah, 27, said: "Peter's expected to be in intensive care for at least seven days before he'll be allowed home. But we're past the worst of it - the waiting and the false alarms. He should soon be able to do the normal things a dad does."