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An amazing story of a remarkable couple whose love is tested to the very edge of life. Kirstie is 21 years old, born with cystic fibrosis and has always known that her life would be short. In March 2011 she was put onto the transplant waiting list, having been told that she had end-stage lung disease and could be dead within six months.

This film follows Kirstie's extraordinary experience of living on the transplant list, the fear and uncertainty, the realities of having constant pain, taking endless medications, relying on oxygen machines 24 hours a day to breathe and doing all of this whilst planning for her wedding.

It follows Kirstie being rushed to hospital three days before the wedding before bravely making it down the aisle through sheer willpower and determination. As her condition becomes more critical and the chance of a lifesaving lung transplant seems more remote, we follow Kirstie's husband Stuart facing the very real possibility of his new wife dying - they had only been married for three weeks. Despite all the setbacks Kirstie continues to fight for her second chance at life till the very end.

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Tue 30 Oct 2012 20:00 BBC Three

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  • BBC TV Blog: Making the documentary

    BBC TV Blog: Making the documentary

    “It was an extremely emotional time in this couple's life that as a filmmaker I couldn't help but be affected by. Each time I filmed with Kirstie I was acutely aware that this could be the last time I would ever see her alive again.”

    Read and comment on producer Mel Beer’s post
  • Kirstie Tancock: Love on the Transplant List

    Kirstie Tancock: Love on the Transplant List

    On the BBC Three blog, Kirstie writes about knocking on death’s door before her big day.

    Read Kirstie's post on the BBC Three blog


Mel Beer
Mel Beer
Executive Producer
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