Irish woman has historic lung op
An Irish woman has made medical history after a double world-first operation to cure her lung condition.
Becky Jones, 20, who is now out of intensive care following surgery, said: “I can't, for the life of me, remember feeling so well! The world is officially my oyster!” She was airlifted from her home in Dublin for the ground-breaking treatment by world leading experts at University Hospital of South Manchester in Wythenshawe.
Becky made history twice by being the first patient to have a lung transplant while suffering from multi-resistant Aspergillus, a common airborne fungus, and multiple fungal balls in her old lungs.
Lung transplant patients have never before been able to have the operation while suffering from either of these conditions.
The condition had left Becky virtually housebound, unable to walk properly, climb stairs or go out with friends. She had been on the waiting list for over a year and underwent the historic operation on May 29.