Heart transplant patient, 24, dies just days after ordering dress for her dream wedding

Heart transplant patient, 24, dies just days after ordering dress for her dream wedding

Hannah Pudsey 21st Birthday with fiancee Kevin Preston

Hannah Pudsey had ordered her wedding dress and made all the arrangements for her wedding to boyfriend Kevin Preston when she was taken ill

A heart transplant patient died suddenly just five months before she was due to be married.

Hannah Pudsey, 24, from East Yorkshire, achieved many goals since receiving her new heart 11 years ago, but she saw getting married as the greatest.

Tragically Hannah had ordered her wedding dress and made all the arrangements for her wedding to boyfriend Kevin Preston when she was taken ill.

She began to feel unwell last week and
complained of a stomach ache and sickness.

Later in the day, she
collapsed and her heart stopped beating.

Medical staff were unable to
restart it and she died on Wednesday, February 1st.

Hannah’s
mother Ros said: 'Hannah was feeling sick, and being sick, and also had a
bit of stomach ache, so the local surgery arranged for her to go to the
infirmary.

'It was not a
life or death situation, but because Hannah was a transplant patient,
it was felt she would be better in hospital to keep an eye on the
situation.

'I was with her, but also kept in touch with Kevin and her dad, David, to let them know how she was getting on.

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Hannah on her 21st birthday with mother Ros and father David

'Hannah counted every day as a blessing, but she was so looking forward to the wedding and she and Kevin had lots of plans.

'But
instead of planning their wedding, we are now having to organise her
funeral and all that happiness has come to a sad ending.'

Hannah was born with a congenital heart defect and her heart was unable to pump blood effectively.

Hannah Pudsey

 Hannah Pudsey

Hannah was born with a congenital heart defect and her heart was unable to pump blood effectively until she had a transplant. She then took part in the Translant Games, left, and on set of the show Heartbeat in 2001, right

When she was 13, she was given six months to live without vital heart transplant surgery. After three harrowing false alarms she was finally given a heart on February 10, 2001.

The life-saving surgery was carried out at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, which is a major centre for organ transplants.

Although Hannah never knew anything
about her donor, her mother wrote a letter to thank the family, which
was passed on through the authorities.

Mrs
Pudsey said: 'After so many delays, and all the anxiety associated with
that, we were just thrilled to get Hannah home with the prospect of a
new life in front of her.

HANNAH PUDSEY

When she was 13, Hannah was given six months to live without vital heart transplant surgery

'Before the transplant, Hannah was frail and poorly, but we were able to see her gradually become a picture of health and bursting with energy.

'She started doing things she could only dream about before, and it was so nice to see her enjoying life with her family and friends.

'The transplant has given Hannah 11 years she would not have had without it, and they have been 11 very good years.'

Hannah, a nursery worker, and Kevin were due to be married on July 27 this year.

Kevin adored Hannah and he had just started working for the family’s coal merchant’s business.

Mrs Pudsey said: 'He has been fantastic all along, taking Hannah to hospital for her regular check-ups and looking after her when she was not feeling well.

'Hannah fell for Kevin, who was totally in love with her, and it is so sad that he is not going to be able to marry her.

'Her wedding dress is on the way, most of the arrangements have been made and
everybody was looking forward to their big day.'

A post mortem examination is being held and Hannah’s family hope to discover what exactly caused her death.