Meeting Ed Sheeran, riding the London Eye, and having a birthday party were just three of the things on 22-year-old Channan Petride’s bucket list. The cystic fibrosis patient was also on another list — a transplant list for a new heart and lungs, after being told by doctors she would only have a year to live.
Cystic Fibrosis is genetic disease that fills the lungs and other vital organs with mucus, making it difficult to breathe. According to OrganDonor.gov, 29,532 received organ transplants last year. As of 2012, the percentage of people still living after 5 years of receiving a heart was 76.8 percent, and receiving a lung was 55 percent.
“Nobody could say for sure that the transplant would work, and I wouldn’t have been able to do anything on my bucket list because of risk of infection.” she told Mirror.
So far, Petride has checked off experiences like having a spa weekend, a big party, meeting a penguin and enjoying a hot air balloon ride. Still to be completed are visiting Disney Land Paris, the London Aquarium and meeting Ed Sheeran.
One her social page she confessed “It is a slow, painful, suffocating condition…at 22 my lungs are showing signs of giving up.”
Petride stated that she would probably opt for the transplant if she could be guaranteed that her new organs would give her at least another year, but sadly that doesn’t appear to be the case. Doctor’s have even stated that there is a probable chance that she could die on the operating table. There is also a very high risk that the new organs could fail her in just weeks, leaving her no way to be able to complete her bucket list.
“I know I’ve taken a massive risk but I want to enjoy the time I have left, rather than stick waiting to get a call that may never come.”