American Jennifer Jones had been tested for Cystic Fibrosis as a child and the results came back negative and she was treated for a series of allergies and severe asthma. CF is usually diagnosed during childhood.
In 2007 Jennifer’s second child Wes was tested for various medical conditions and it was found that he was in fact a carrier for CF. During his hospital appointment the Doctor noticed that Jennifer kept coughing and offered to test her again. Just before her 30th birthday she was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. A subsequent test revealed that her lungs were only operating at about 65%.
Following her diagnosis Jennifer spent periods of time in hospital and had to take medication on a daily basis as do all CF sufferers. Despite this treatment her health was gradually declining. In October 2016 her health deteriorated dramatically and she was then put on oxygen full time and in July 2017 she was added to the lung transplant list.
In October 2017 she received the call to say that there were lungs for her. On this date her lung capacity was down to a mere 10% so the news of the impending transplant came just in time.
Her fiancé, Robert Ronnenberg, started to film Jennifer after the operation once they started to remove her breathing tube. To see the reaction and absolute miracle that has happened watch the video of that amazing moment. Click here to see for yourself.
It is now four months after her transplant and Jennifer seems to be progressing well. She can talk without having to stop to catch her breath and can wash her face in the shower without being afraid of the water as previously she was unable to hold her breath.
Jennifer and Robert are now planning to marry but have decided to tell their story in the hope of encouraging people to become organ donors.
Such an amazing story.