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Mother of two, Donna Kearsley, was told she needed a heart transplant.

Heart transplant

When 45 year old mother of two, Donna Kearsley from North Wales, was told she would need a heart transplant the news was very unexpected. Donna's children were aged 13 and 14 at the time and Donna worked hard to stay positive - her aim was to see her grandchildren grow up. Donna had her transplant on the 22nd of October 2002.



11-year-old Chantelle's mobile phone video diary of her life saving bone marrow transplant.

Bone marrow transplant

11 year-old Chantelle Rowlands and mother Lynda from Rhyl, North Wales, kept a diary on the mobile phone during Chantelle's recent bone marrow transplant. Chantelle suffered from acute apalstic anemia, a rare blood disorder which could only be cured by a bone marrow transplant. Chantelle was regularly in hospital having twice-weekly blood transfusions to help her cope with her illness and was put on a life support machine only a few weeks before her transplant. After a long search, news of a suitable donor in the US came through.



In 2004, retired headmaster Gwyn Jones from Newborough, North Wales underwent open heart surgery.

Open heart surgery

In 2004, retired headmaster Gwyn Jones from Newborough, North Wales underwent open heart surgery for a defective aerotic valve. He tells us about his experiences and offers advice to anyone facing a similar operation.



Jeff Evans worries that hospitals in Wales are failing in the fight against MRSA.

MRSA in hospitals

Jeff Evans from Holyhead worries that hospitals in Wales are failing in the most basic duty regarding MRSA. He calls on the government to take immediate action and says that with better standards, the MRSA superbug is avoidable.



When Howard Paddock was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease he set himself a new goal - to obtain a degree in history.

Parkinson's disease

When father of five Howard Paddock from Cefn Mawr in North Wales was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease he set himself a new goal - to obtain a first class honours degree in history.



Wendy's had type 1 diabetes for over 26 years. She describes the effectiveness of her new insulin pump and records her recent visit to the specialist team at the Pump Clinic at University Hospital Wales.

Type 1 diabetes

Wendy's had type 1 diabetes for over 26 years. She describes the effectiveness of her new insulin pump and records her recent visit to the specialist team at the Pump Clinic at University Hospital Wales. Wendy received an MBE in 2000 for services to the British Diabetic Association in South Wales and continues to run pioneering diabetic support groups in local schools and community centres.



Living with asthma

16 year old Tom describes how he takes medicine for his asthma daily and still manages to play the sports he loves.



Yvonne's boyfriend, Tomos, has been diagnosed with Leukaemia. In her mobile video she tells us about his determination and positive outlook.

Leukaemia

Yvonne's boyfriend, Tomos, has been diagnosed with Leukaemia. In her mobile video she tells us about his determination and positive outlook when faced with a life threatening disease at the age of 29.



Richard Evans is a community pharmacist in Llandysul, where he's been for 22 years. He explains what his typical daily role involves.

Community pharmacist

Richard Evans is a community pharmacist in Llandysul, where he's been for 22 years. He explains what his typical daily role involves.



Ann is Live Donor Transplant Co-Ordinator at the University College Hospital in Cardiff. Here, she records a typical day.

Organ transplants

Organ transplants transform lives and are the best possible treatment for people with organ failure. 'But there simply aren't enough donor organs for everyone who needs one', says Ann Marsden, at University College Hospital. Ann records a typical day as the live donor transplant co-ordinator.



When Nica Pritchard was diagnosed with nephritic syndrome at 39, fishing helped save her sanity.

Casting for recovery

Nica Prichard says fishing helped her sanity. Nica was diagnosed with nephritic syndrome at 39 (a disorder affecting the kidneys). She was so ill she wrote letters to be opened by her three children on their 21st birthdays, expecting that she would no longer be around. Nica, a grandmother of nine, made an amazing recovery from her illness. Now a director of the Salmon and Trout Association and a member of the Welsh international fly fishing team, she says her experience gave her insight into how fishing could help other women.



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Watch first-hand experiences from people who have direct experience of healthcare provision in Wales. These videos were made by patients and healthcare workers across Wales using mobile phones.




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