Cambridgeshire doctors give gift of life in rare operation

Stacey Pridden recuperating in the grounds of Papworth hospital Credit: 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.

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