A 20-year-old woman whose campaign to promote organ donation captured the hearts of Ottawa residents and people around the world is recuperating following double lung transplant surgery in Toronto.
Hélène Campbell, who suffers from a condition called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, was being prepped for surgery after midnight in Toronto, according to a tweet by her mother, Manon Roy Campbell.
A liveblog post at http://www.alungstory.ca said Campbell was out of surgery at 12:15 p.m.
A follow up post on the website’s liveblog said:
“Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts, best wishes, support, and prayers for Hélène. We appreciate them and will pass them on to Hélène. Please feel free to continue sending comments to the live blog and Facebook, plus sending tweets … every message helps keep us strong.
As Hélène recuperates from her double lung transplant operation we would like to take the necessary time to concentrate on her recovery. During this time we will not be giving any media interviews.When Hélène has sufficiently recovered we will consider all media requests. Until that time we ask for your support in respecting our request for privacy.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the donor’s family who made the organ donation so that Hélène could live. We are grateful to you for your generousity. Hélène will, as we will, honour and care for your gift forever.We would also like to thank the staff at Toronto General Hospital who have been working around the clock to care for Hélène, and who have made the gift of life reality for so many patients. We are grateful for their dedication and exceptional care.”