Lots of coverage in today's media about what the amazing Cardiff woman, Allison John has achieved. Have met Allison at least a couple of times at Kidney Wales Foundation meetings - when she has always been unfailingly cheerful. During her 32 years, Allison's life has been blighted by ill health, and she has become the first British person to have all her major organs transplanted - heart, liver, kidney and lungs.
The reason today's media has gone big over Allison is that she has graduated from medical college and begins work shortly at the Neville Hall Hospital in Abergavenny. Its great to read her being quoted so positively - "At the moment I feel that I'm in the best shape physically that I've ever been and I'm so excited about the future". Inspirational.
People like Allison are a great example for us all - dealt a poor hand in terms of health, but still really making something of her life. I know others who fall into the same inspiring catagory, including my good friend, Trudy who lives in Montgomeryshire, and chairs the local Powys branch of Kidney Foundation Wales. I hope that Dr. Allison John enjoys a long and successful career.
UPDATE - My friend, Trudy tells us (on my facebook site) that the first person to have all major organs replaced was Mark from the Midlands a few years ago.