Many around here had heard about Helene Campbell, a 20 year old from Ottawa who thanks to contacting Justin Bieber and Ellen Degeneres, managed to do more for Organ Donation Awareness in just a few months here in Ontario, than anything the Trillium Gift of Life organization has done in years. Justin tweeted about her and also to tell his fans to talk about Organ Donation w/their Family and also sign up to become Organ Donors.
In the 24/48 hrs after he tweeted that, not only were the Gift of Life offices flooded w/calls for more information, but their web site also crashed twice due to the increased traffic. The number of people who decided to become Organ Donors during the week following Justin's tweet literally quadrupled.
Ellen heard about Helene and what had happened, so decided to surprise her via Skype. Helene thought she was going to be talking w/a producer, but... Ellen sent Helene and her Mom to the Toronto Hunger Games premiere, but I don't know if she got to go or not just due to how fast Helene was deteorating the last few weeks. Ellen also told her that after she had her transplant and everything recovery wise was good, she would bring her out to LA w/her Family so they could dance together.
Last week, His Excellency the Rt Hon David Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, awarded Helene The Order of Ontario for all she had done to bring Organ Donation Awareness into the public eye. When I saw the footage of that little ceremony in his office, I honestly thought it would be the last time I'd see Helene alive. Her colour was worse than awful and she could barely speak due to needing to literally have to suck in breath for just each word.
Thankfully as of this morning, she's got a chance. Her transplant took place at Toronto General Hospital early this morning.
CBC News ~ Ottawa organ-donation advocate has new lungs : Hélène Campbell not 'out of the woods' after double-lung transplant
As some know, I'm a Kidney Transplant Recipient and through my experiences, I've seen what the Lung Transplant recipients go through w/their recovery. It's not an easy road regardless of how smoothly things go after the surgery and transistion period of getting the drug cocktail just right, but God willing they do for Helene.
At least now she's got a chance.
I know some here would have seen her on Ellen, so thought I'd post a thread to share the news. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers everyone. As I and that article says, she's not out of the woods yet.