Those who know Jessica Wales or have followed Jessica's battle with cystic fibrosis over the years, will, I am sure, be praying now that yesterday's double lung transplant, presumably at Harefield Hospital, will give this remarkable young woman her chance of life at last.
Jessica, a former pupil of Ursuline College and resident of Westgate, was diagnosed at 4 months with cystic fibrosis and throughout her life has fought illness, debilitation and life threatening infections. A double lung transplant was regarded 4 years ago as her only chance of further life and she has already beaten the odds with a prognosis that at the time, gave her only 2 years to live.
Jessica has not only fought her own battle with this chronic condition but has raised awareness nationally for 'organ donations' and has raised £thousands for cystic fibrosis charities. She is a remarkable young lady from Thanet and I pray a successful operation will give her the chance for life she so richly deserves.
I leave you with her own words from earlier this year:
"I am only 19 and I haven't lived yet. I just want the chance to go and live my life like anyone else my age."
From Twitter on Dec 12th 2009: " Lungs really playing up!"
UPDATE 13 JAN 2010
It is with great sadness that I report that Jessica lost her battle 'to live her life, just like anybody else' yesterday; may she rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon her. I extend my condolences to her family and urge readers to consider organ donation. Perhaps, if Jessica had had the chance of a transplant a few years ago, she would still be with us.