THE brave Cork woman waiting 15 years for a rare double-lung and heart transplant has successfully undergone the surgery that could potentially change her life forever.
Isabel Terry, from Bishopstown, flew to Newcastle on Friday with her mother Deirdre and her boyfriend Philip after receiving a call from her transplant team to say they had found a match for all three of the organs she requires.
Ms Terry, who has previously had six unsuccessful transplant, finally received the go-ahead for her operation at the weekend.
“Just to let all Isabel’s friends and followers know she has had her heart and double lung transplant,” her partner Philip wrote on Ms Terry’s Facebook Page ‘Life On The List.’
“Tough and complicated operation as you can imagine. The surgeon is happy and that's all we need to know. Obviously, the coming days and weeks will be a tough battle, but no better warrior than Isabel to take it on.”
Ms Terry required oxygen 24 hours a day as a result of a condition referred to as pulmonary atresia, a birth defect of her heart’s pulmonary valve.
In 2003, she was given just nine to 12 months to live and advised she would need a heart transplant.
By 2009, her health had severely deteriorated, to the point where she was advised she would also require a double lung transplant.
Ms Terry hit in the headlines in August after the HSE failed to provide her with an air ambulance for a crucial appointment.
She had been facing the prospect of a gruelling 12-hour travel to the UK by car and ferry due to restrictions on oxygen bottles on commercial flights.
The HSE had offered to cover land travel costs under the Treatment Abroad Scheme.
At the last moment, a private individual stepped in to fly Ms Terry to her appointment.