the Non-Beating (DCD) Heart Transplant Programme at Royal Papworth Hospital which was funded by Royal Papworth Charity.
Rob’s tall height combined with his rare blood type meant that he had been warned by doctors about the impact these factors may have on finding a heart that was a good match. Fortunately, and against the odds, a match was found for Rob and his heart transplant took place.
Only a handful of other people in the UK have undergone this particular operation but Rob explained that this did not worry him: When speaking to Rob three weeks post-transplant, he told us: “I am still getting used to the strong beat of my new heart. After the transplant I even asked my doctor to turn down mypacemaker, he explained that it was in fact just the natural beat of my new heart!”
10 year old Faith has gone above and beyond to fundraise and raise awareness of Royal Papworth Charity.
Faith has a connection with Royal Papworth due to her Grandad receiving a heart transplant at the Hospital nearly 25 years ago. Faith has taken part in bake sales, made leaflets and given talks about organ donation in her fundraising efforts for the Charity.
In 2018 David Embury (Faith’s Grandad) celebrated the 25th Anniversary of receiving a new heart at Royal Papworth Hospital; a milestone never thought possible or even likely after suffering cardiomyopathy due to a virus in his mid 30's.
Without fundraisers like Faith, the Charity would not be able to continue to help save more lives..
Dave's Next Challenge
Dave Brown has already raised an amazing amount of money for Royal Papworth Hospital in 2018 by dying his hair differently every day for four weeks. In 2019, he is taking on an even bigger challenge! In May 2019, to mark the opening of our brand new Hospital at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Dave is going to walk from our current hospital in Papworth to the new Hospital.