‘I waited nearly three years before a donor was found. Waking up after the operation, I remember taking this incredible breath of air, all the way to the bottom of my new lungs. It was the most unbelievable feeling to take such a deep breath, and for it not to hurt!’

Tina Beckbessinger was only the sixth heart and double lung transplant recipient in South Africa, and remains the longest-living recipient in Africa of such a donation She talks about her health struggles and the incredible gift of organ donation in the March/April issue, out now.

📸” @liza_vandeventer

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