THE CONCERNED grandparent of a girl who is running out of time to live is hoping to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation.
David Nicholson’s granddaughter, Holly Pereira, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was just 18-months-old.
Now aged 19, Holly’s lungs are functioning at little more than 20 per cent and she has been told she needs a double lung transplant to survive.
“I find things like stairs and taking a shower tiring and everything takes that bit longer as I get out of breath,” said Holly.
Mr Nicholson, from Moreton Hall, said: “It’s quite heart-wrenching really because nobody thinks that you’re going to outlive your children, let alone your grandchildren.”
He hopes that by encouraging people to register as organ donors, he may be able to prevent his granddaughter from becoming a statistic, with three people in the UK dying every day while on the waiting list.
He said: “If it was your own children or grandchildren you would want to do everything you could. At the end of the day, sad as it is to lose relatives, their organs can help other people – they’re no use to us when we’re gone.”
Holly, who lives in Sussex with her parents and three siblings, one of whom has the same inherited disease, uploaded a video to You Tube last week.
The three-minute clip of her story has already received around 2,000 hits.
To watch it, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKTrjnqZ0F4&sns=em
To register as an organ donor, go to www.lltgl.org.uk/nhsbt or call 03001 232323.