Ashley Harris Moore, who was only a few months ago hopelessly bedridden and facing a real threat of death has been given a new lease of life by a complete stranger who has donated a pair of lungs to help her stay alive.
Merely two months ago, wife and mother of one, Ashley Harris Moore, was dying of Cystic fibrosis, a genetic incurable disease which causes mucus to clog up the lungs, causing chest infections and severe breathing difficulties. Ultimately the victims of this terminal disease, whose life expectancy is only about 35 years are reduced to a decline which eventually sees them bedridden.
Ashley’s family- Alastair her husband, and Emerson, her 18-month-old son- had been faced with a real prospect of celebrating Christmas without her, but now, for the generosity of someone with whom they have absolutely no familiarity, the family will now be together for Christmas, new year and beyond.
The 33-year old mum who had suffered from the deadly ailment from birth, said she felt lucky to have even made it this long. “Having made it to my early thirties I knew I’d done better than most with my illness. Many are lucky to make it to their thirties.”
Despite having been on daily medication for as long as she can remember, and being subjected to mounting amounts of physiotherapy, the effects of the disease eventually got to her at the beginning of October when her lung capacity reduced to the scary level of 16%. She was transferred to Harefield Hospital, Middlesex, where she eventually got a willing donor after her family friend, Pam Scarborough came up with the idea to share her story and raise awareness to her plight. The resulting #HopeforMoore hashtag got about 400,000 shares on several internet platforms.
After successfully getting the new pair of lungs needed to keep her alive, Ashley said, “Christmas is all about giving- and what could be more precious than giving someone the gift of life by registering to be a donor.
Now reunited with her husband and child, and looking forward to a happy family Christmas celebration, she declared: “”I’ve had the best Christmas present ever from a stranger- new lungs to save my life!”