Andrew Whitby


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I was born in 1964 and soon after diagnosed with Transposition of the Great Arteries, I was referred to Great Ormond Street Hospital under Dr Bonham-Carter, and then to University College hospital under Dr Hollman and the Dr Radley-Smith, who reviewed my health annually.

I went to mainstream schools, although did not partake in the sport activities. I became a cub and Boy Scout.

In 1980 I went to work at British Home Stores. In 1984 I suffered a serious bout of Pleurisy which then led to my need for a Heart and lung transplant under Mr. Yacoub at Harefield Hospital.

My operation was on 24th of February 1985 and lasted eight hours, the operation had previously been delayed due to the donor organs suffering a chest infection.

After the operation I had a pink complexion for the first time in my life. Ten days later I fell out of bed and had a suspected fractured nose and skull as I was incoherent and confused.  Instead I was diagnosed with renal failure, this was treated and cured by dialysis at Saint Paul’s hospital central London.

Upon returning to Harefield my health and fitness rapidly improved and was discharged on 1st April.

I resumed back at work with Bhs in the August of the same year. I regularly returned for check ups, eventually leading to only annually.

During 1990 my kidneys failed due to the toxicity of the Cyclosporin prescribed to me, I had nine years of dialysis and received a kidney transplant in 1999.

I am still working full time with British Home Stores.

I return to Harefield when required, which is becoming less frequent.

Having had my transplant in 1985 makes me the official Guinness World Record Holder.

I will always be grateful for the chance I was given, and to this day live by my motto.

“Every day is a bonus“