Transplant recipient Karen's big day gladdens the heart
Today marks the first anniversary of Karen Lyons' double lung transplant which saved her life after years of suffering from a rare genetic condition.
Following a tense wait for a suitable donor, the complex operation last March was a success, and Karen has gone from strength to strength.
She has paid tribute to her organ donor and her family, to whom she will be "forever grateful".
And in a happy twist to her story, Karen and her fiance Greg will marry on Friday, after having to postpone the wedding twice because of her illness. This is the kind of story that lightens the gloom amid so much bad news.