Wanye Broady was invited by friends to join parkrun at Galston a few months ago to build up his fitness after a heart donation saved his life.
My story started back in November 2017 in which I suffered a heart failure whilst attending the gym and swimming at Hornsby pool. I had no symptoms prior to my heart failure.
Initially, I was taken by ambulance to North Shore Hospital and was very lucky to survive, then transferred to St Vincent Hospital – who looked after me well, initially for 3 months. I came out of St Vincent’s in January 2018 with a mechanical heart pump (LVAD) which enabled me to build up the strength and stamina to come home to then be put on a waiting list for a heart transplant.
I was required to wait for three months before I could be listed and wait for a donor heart. I only waited for two days.
I had my transplant in March 2018 and had another month in hospital, whilst it hasn’t been easy coping with medications and routine tests – I have improved over the past year or so. My improvement is due to regularly attending cardiac rehab programs, gym work, physio, walking and trying to eat well. I’ll hopefully be back to swimming when the weather warms up.
parkrun has also started to be part of the rehab process. Whilst I am walking with my wife Anna and our pet dog Floyd, we have other friends joining us. It is good exercise with the aim to improve each week.
I thank my donor every day for the opportunity for the gift of life. My thoughts are with their family, thankfully so that I can be with my family and friends. I thank my family and friend for support and the teams of doctors, nurses and support personnel.
I would like everyone to consider being an organ donor. Visit the Australian Donor Register, it is an easy process to opt-in
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