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."

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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."

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