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Her wedding had to be postponed twice... double lung transplant patient Karen finally tied the knot

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Karen with her husband Greg Piergrosse after their wedding in Enniskillen

Karen with her husband Greg Piergrosse after their wedding in Enniskillen

Karen Lyons

Karen Lyons

Karen with her husband Greg Piergrosse after their wedding in Enniskillen

It was a case of third time lucky for a Co Fermanagh woman yesterday as she finally walked down the aisle.

Karen Lyons (32) from Enniskillen had been forced to cancel her wedding on two previous occasions while she waited for a double lung transplant.

On Tuesday she celebrated one year since her life-changing surgery.

And yesterday marked another milestone moment when she married the love of her life, Australian Greg Piergrosse (36).

More than six years ago Karen was living with Greg in Perth, where she was in the process of applying for a partner visa to become an Australian resident.

In a routine tuberculosis check-up for the visa she found out that her lungs were severely scarred, and she decided to return home.

Karen is believed to be the only person in Ireland and Britain suffering from a rare genetic condition that meant her lungs were not lubricated enough to allow oxygen to pass through properly.

A transplant was believed to be her best option and she was placed on a waiting list in September 2017.

She underwent the surgery at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle on January 22 last year.

Prior to the surgery Karen was receiving oxygen 24 hours a day as she only had a lung function of 20%.

Since then she has gone from strength to strength and while she still attends the hospital in Newcastle for regular check-ups, her recovery has delighted doctors.

Karen and Greg married at Enniskillen Town Hall yesterday afternoon, having had to postpone the wedding twice in the past.

She explained: "We had initially planned to get married in Australia next month.

"Because my health was getting worse, we rebooked our wedding for December 2017, but had to cancel that too.

"We decided to go ahead over Christmas and set a date.

"After all we have been through, we just wanted a small and intimate ceremony."

The wedding took place in front of 60 family members and close friends, followed by a party in the nearby Ceili House.

The guest list included Greg's parents, who had flown from Down Under for the big day.

The couple hope to honeymoon there while visiting Greg's family and friends later this year.

Belfast Telegraph