Transplant shock for York woman, 23

Becky Suchecki

Becky Suchecki

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A YOUNG woman from York has spent the festive season in hospital after a routine operation left her needing an emergency heart transplant.

Hayley Adderwell, 23, from Bootham, is unable to leave hospital after complications following a heart valve operation left her seriously ill.

Her partner, Becky Suchecki, 27, said Hayley’s case highlighted the need for people to sign up for the organ donor register and she has urged them to do so.

Miss Suchecki said: “She has got to stay in there until she gets a transplant. She has had problems since birth, but a routine valve operation resulted in an infection and then heart failure.

“It’s really tough. We weren’t expecting it because after having this valve surgery, she was expecting her health, in general, to improve.

“It wasn’t seriously impacting on her life, but this has left her worse for wear. She has got to be on continuous IV treatment now just to keep her heart going as long as it can. She has been assessed and is now on the urgent list in terms of a heart transplant.”

Miss Suchecki, who has spent much of Christmas at Hayley’s bedside, is asking for application forms for the organ donor register to be made more widely available.

She said: “I would like to see the NHS make a greater effort to advertise and educate us on organ and blood donation, in local surgeries. I think there should be more done to push the application forms. If you have ever considered signing up to the organ donor register then do it – especially at this time of year.”

In 2010, The Press ran its Lifesavers campaign to raise awareness of organ donation and to urge people to join the register.

For more information or to sign up, visit organdonation.nhs.uk or blood.co.uk, phone 0300 123 23 23 or text SAVE to 84118.

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11:00am Sat 29 Dec 12

Digeorge says...

Good luck, I am surprised that she is not somewhere more 'specialist'.
Good luck, I am surprised that she is not somewhere more 'specialist'. Digeorge
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2:11pm Sun 30 Dec 12

Guy Fawkes says...

From the information in the story, this appears to be yet another hospital acquired infection that has turned a routine treatment into something life-threatening. OK, let's not jump to conclusions as the information given is sparse, but compared to the healthcare systems in other developed countries the NHS appears to have a major problem with hospital hygiene and infections.
From the information in the story, this appears to be yet another hospital acquired infection that has turned a routine treatment into something life-threatening. OK, let's not jump to conclusions as the information given is sparse, but compared to the healthcare systems in other developed countries the NHS appears to have a major problem with hospital hygiene and infections. Guy Fawkes
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3:04pm Sun 30 Dec 12

Digeorge says...

Any surgery to any child or adult who has had previously had congenital heart disease and been operated on has a risk of endocarditis that is picked up after surgery if it is not treated with antibiotics prior to surgery. It is a risk, unfortunately, that comes with any surgery of any kind. It is somewhat drilled into one by cardiologists but the antibiotic issue has been lax of late and I suspect the individual probably didn't have such a course. As I said 'surprised' that this is not being dealt with elsewhere given her previous history and probably should be at The Freeman who deal with these complex cases.

It is a considerably nasty bug, and having had some experience with it, good luck.
Any surgery to any child or adult who has had previously had congenital heart disease and been operated on has a risk of endocarditis that is picked up after surgery if it is not treated with antibiotics prior to surgery. It is a risk, unfortunately, that comes with any surgery of any kind. It is somewhat drilled into one by cardiologists but the antibiotic issue has been lax of late and I suspect the individual probably didn't have such a course. As I said 'surprised' that this is not being dealt with elsewhere given her previous history and probably should be at The Freeman who deal with these complex cases. It is a considerably nasty bug, and having had some experience with it, good luck. Digeorge
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11:24pm Sun 30 Dec 12

alwayshope says...

Hi Becky, I just wanted to send my well wishes! As a heart transplant recipient myself I know exactly what you are going through and want to reassure you that you are in the best of care!!! I hope you get your call very very soon. There is always hope and never give up!! :)
Hi Becky, I just wanted to send my well wishes! As a heart transplant recipient myself I know exactly what you are going through and want to reassure you that you are in the best of care!!! I hope you get your call very very soon. There is always hope and never give up!! :) alwayshope
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11:46am Mon 31 Dec 12

Claire70 says...

Just to say the paper got some information wrong and she wasn't in York hospital. she since received a transplant and doing well I think this story was to high light the need for donors and lack of leaflets available to the general public
Just to say the paper got some information wrong and she wasn't in York hospital. she since received a transplant and doing well I think this story was to high light the need for donors and lack of leaflets available to the general public Claire70
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