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On Sunday, 11 March, I will be riding 100 km for The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation’s annual Cycle of Giving ride. The aim of this ride is to raise funds and awareness for transplant research and awareness for organ donation.
My close friend's husband, Wade, suffered a heart attack while at work and it changed their lives in an instant. Wade's heart was irreparable and he needed a donar heart transplant as soon as possible. A heart became available and it saved Wade's life. The toll on him, his wife and three beautiful daughters has been massive. 12 months on, Wade is doing very well but the healing and recovery continues. It's an overwhelming journey and the courage that this family has shown is awe-inspiring. Their gratefulness to the donor's family is infinite. Thank God for the medical miracle of organ donation and transplants. This is the reason why I am riding to raise funds for the Prince Charles Hospital. It is a big wake up call; what happened to Wade could happen to any one of us!
Please read about Wade's story,
It was written in the Sunshine Coast Daily, March 4, 2017https://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/a-new-heart-gives-wade...to.../3150789/
WADE Eathorne and Justine Moultrie know just how quickly life can change.
On April 28 last year, Wade and Justine closed the door of their North Buderim home and on life as they knew it.
Wade drove to the bank at Buderim where he worked as a a financial advisor while Justine headed to the job she had started only three weeks earlier at Beerwah High after 11 years as a stay-at-home mum.
The hardworking parents were were looking forward to getting ahead, paying off the home they had not long bought and saving up for a second trip overseas with their three daughters.
But then all of that changed.
Wade was sitting at his desk when he felt faint and broke out in a sweat, calling out for help before collapsing on the floor.
The 41-year-old father of three, who never smoked, rarely drank, and had no family history of heart disease, had suffered a massive heart attack.
Luck was on his side.
A client who had just left, and happened to be a nurse, returned because she had forgotten something and immediately swung into action, and an ambulance arrived within four minutes.
But Wade was in a bad way.
"The ambulance had to perform CPR on him on the way to hospital. And once they got him into hospital, they had to do CPR and bring him back to life again," Justine said.
Justine was called to the hospital but had no idea of the seriousness of her husband's condition.
"I just thought he'd tripped on a chair or something," she said.
Two hours later, surgeons sat her down and told her they had inserted three stents to keep Wade's arteries open and that he had a 20% chance of survival.
He was transferred from Nambour General Hospital to Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane, where he was connected to an ECMO machine which took over some of the work from his heart, giving it a chance to recover.
But his health continued to slide. His lungs, kidneys, liver and bowel were not working properly and he contracted influenza and a blood infection.
Somehow, he survived.
"I don't know how many lives I've got left," Wade said.
After nine weeks in hospital, Wade was allowed home, but within a fortnight there was bad news.
"I went back for a check-up and the doctor said, 'Your heart's not going to right itself'," Wade said.
In hindsight, he and Justine suspect the back pain he had been suffering for months before the massive heart attack might have been smaller attacks which had already damaged his heart before he collapsed at work.
Wade and Justine were told told his best chance of survival was a heart transplant.
"Wade and I were just crying our eyes out. We were holding out hope that Wade's heart would be strong enough to operate. We were devastated," Justine said.
"It just spelled a whole new journey for us, out of our control, and the prospect of losing him again," she said.
After the initial shock, Wade began rounds of tests to see if he was a suitable candidate and eventually scraped on to the transplant list by 0.1%.
"As brutal as it is, they don't want to give a heart to someone who won't survive. Donor hearts are too hard to get," he said.
Wade and Justine were warned the wait could be as long as 18 months for a donor heart matching his o-negative blood group 2m tall build.
A mechanical heart called a was implanted in Wade to keep him going during the expected wait for a donor heart but about 10 weeks later he was called to come to the hospital straight away.
They had a heart which was a match.
"I didn't have time to take it all in," he said.
Wade was on the operating table within 12 hours and underwent nine hours of surgery which was successful.
"He was standing up the next day, out of intensive care after three nights, and was out of hospital in three weeks," Justine said.
But with the new heart came a new set of emotions.
Wade and Justine are conscious that his second chance at life has come through someone else's death.
"We just feel this overwhelming sense of gratitude that you can't begin to pay back," Justine said said.
Added Wade, wiping his eyes: "I break down in tears when I think about it."
In appreciation, Justine has got back on a pushbike for the first time since she was a kid to line up for Sunday's Cycle of Giving, a 100km ride from Landsborough to the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane.
The ride raises money for transplant research at the hospital and awareness of the importance of organ donation.
Wade and their daughters, Indiana and Scarlett, 10, and Savannah, 7, will play support crew while Justine will tackle 25km of the ride, accompanied by friends.
Team Wade has raised more than $5000 towards the ride's $200,000 fundraising goal.
Justine said medical advancements had contributed towards successful outcomes for Wade and other transplant recipients like like him but they would need the ongoing support of Prince Charles Hospital to lead long and happy lives.
Wade and Justine are still searching for their new normal.
Medication - anti-rejection drugs, anti-bacterial drugs, steroids, pills for cholesterol, diabetes and more - are part of Wade's daily life.
He is keen to exercise to regain as much of his health as he can and live as full a life as possible.
"I want to get my health back so I can run around with the girls a bit more," he said.
"There are some days when I wake up and I help get the kids off to school and I'm done. There are other days when I wake up and I'm fine, I can get up and run around.
"I don't just want to get into shape, I want to get into good shape. It's not just about looking after the heart I've received. I want to do things with the family and Justine."
But the heart failure, combined with a battle against Hodgkins lymphoma at 22, have left Wade acutely aware of his physical limitations.
"In a previous life, I was a basketball player. I could push my body as hard as I want to," he said.
"I could push and push and push and nothing would fail. And then to be put in a position where your body has given up on you, it's 'Hey, I'm not as bulletproof as I thought'."
A positive that has come out of the experience is that it forced him to spend more time with his wife and children and reassess his priorities.
The insurance policies Wade kept have kept a roof over their head, and an overseas holiday is not as important as it used to be.
"I'm spending a lot more time with my family. I'm not at work 12 hours a day," he said.
"When you're in hospital, and you see your wife for a couple of hours, ... you get homesick. There is more important things than accolades and money."
"I never want to be that way again."
Wade and Justine thank their friends, family, school parents they never knew, the donor family, and hospital staff for getting them through the last year.
"I'm just so incredibly grateful that Wade is here with us now, no matter what the future holds, that we've had this time together and that is thanks to my friends as much as the hospital," Justine said.
Added Wade: "They've given me a new life."
At any one time, there are about 1,500 Australians waiting for an organ or tissue donation to save their lives. Without medical research finding better ways to source, match and transplant organs, this list is only going to get bigger. This is why this work, and this ride, is so important.
Every single dollar I raise will go towards organ transplant research and technology at The Prince Charles Hospital, so your donations will go a very long way indeed!
My goal is to raise $1500 — will you help me with a donation today?
All you have to do is scroll back to the top of this page and click on the 'Donate' button. Follow the links, and help me get that tally up for a great cause.
Thanks so much!