Lancashire dad’s second chance at life after heart transplant

Joy: Peter Wakefield

Joy: Peter Wakefield

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A young dad has been given a second chance at life after undergoing a heart transplant.

Peter Wakefield, 29, of Oxcliffe Road, Morecambe, had a virus which attacked his heart and left it functioning at only 25 per cent. Doctors told him a transplant was his only option for a normal life and after 11 weeks on the urgent transplant list his dream came true.

I went to see him on the Sunday after his operation and he said he felt weird because however much you prepare yourself for the surgery, it’s how it will be afterwards.

Anna Wenlock

Peter’s half-sister Anna Wenlock, 34, said: “He rang me at 7.45am in the morning and said, ‘I’ve got some great news, I have a heart but it depends if the heart is healthy. The person hasn’t died yet and they are on life support and it is up to the family to turn it off. They have said they will donate their loved one’s organs.’

“At 4pm that day Peter went down to theatre. It all happened really fast.”

Peter’s nephews Thomas and Timothy Robson set up a stand in Lancaster encouraging people to sign up to the organ donor register and, along with other family members, managed to sign up 60 people.

Peter is currently recovering in hospital and may be able to return home in four weeks.

Anna said: “I went to see him on the Sunday after his operation and he said he felt weird because however much you prepare yourself for the surgery, it’s how it will be afterwards. It was scary with all the machines attached to him.

“Less than a week after his surgery, he has walked up and down a flight of stairs.

“Doctors said he is really young and that is why he was out of bed so much quicker. We are over the moon that Peter has had his transplant and he has done really well. When Peter comes home he wants to continue to raise awareness of the organ donor register.”