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Cambridgeshire doctors give gift of life in rare operation

Stacey Pridden recuperating in the grounds of Papworth hospital Photo: ITV News Anglia

A young woman who has been waiting for vital organ transplants has finally had the life-saving operation thanks to doctors at a Cambridgeshire hospital.

On Valentine's Day, 24-year-old Stacie Pridden made a plea for a donor.

She is now recovering from a double lung and heart transplant in Papworth in Cambridge.

The procedure was carried out at Papworth hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia

At the age of 11 Stacie, who's a twin was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, a rare blood vessel disorder of the lungs that makes the heart less efficient at pumping blood and oxygen around the body.

She was put on the donor list for a heart transplant at age 21 after being told she only had three years to live.

Two years and nine months later she got the call out of the blue a potential donor had been found. Last month she underwent the operation which is so rare it's only carried out by doctors at the hospital about five times a year.

"Already its made a massive difference, before the transplant I was in so much pain and as soon as I woke up there was no pain anymore"

– Stacey Pridden

For more information on signing up as heart donors and registering on the donor list head to the Give Your Heart website by clicking here