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Padiham teenager recovering after double lung transplant
2:00pm Saturday 17th August 2013 in Burnley
A TEENAGER who needed a potentially life-saving double lung transplant is making 'good progress' after undergoing surgery.
Seventeen-year-old Hayley Barker, who has also undergone a bone marrow transplant, was diagnosed with life-threatening lung disease a year ago.
But last Friday her family got the call they had been desperately waiting for - a donor had been found.
Within hours, Hayley was undergoing tests and then had a 10-hour operation at Wythnenshawe Hospital, Manchester, on Saturday.
Her mum Lisa, who gave up her job in dementia care to look after Hayley full-time, said: “Everything happened so quickly, it was all a bit manic.
"We got the call at 8pm last Friday to say that they might have some lungs.
“We went to the hospital and they did quite a few tests and by 3.30am she was in theatre and she was in there for about 10 hours.”
By Sunday Hayley had been taken off the ventilator and her condition is now improving.
“She is doing really, they are really pleased with her,” said Lisa.
“On Thursday she walked for the first time without oxygen, which was just fantastic. It has been so long since she has done that.
“It feels like a dream at the moment, we are just so thankful and relieved, it is just the best news ever.
“There is still a long way to go, we have to take it one day at a time, but she is making good progress.
“Hayley has been through so much and she is so tough that nothing fazes her anymore. The doctors have been amazed at how strong she is, considering she is such a tiny little thing.”
Hayley has now set her sights on a party next year to celebrate her 18th birthday.
Lisa, of Dryden Street, Padiham, said: “She is 18 in April and she has decided she wants a big party. Her dad Garry is 40 as well next year so it will be a double celebration.”
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