Campaign tugs at heartstrings

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A campaign to raise awareness of organ donation really goes to the heart of the matter for a Brackley couple.

Sarah and Phil Marshall have launched the campaign, I Give You My Heart, following Sarah’s diagnosis with an extremely rare and serious condition – idiopathic pulmonary hypertension. Sarah, 33, said: “It is pretty scary when you realise what you are up against. It is not a particularly good diagnosis. There is a chance you are going to die prematurely.”

Before the diagnosis the couple had been keen walkers and travellers and even spent a year travelling around Asia and the Pacific. Now, just walking a few hundred metres is a challenge for Sarah.

She said: “Everything you planned on doing in the future, absolutely everything I would have liked to have done has changed. At this point I am just happy to be alive.”

Sarah is not currently on the list for an organ donation but this could change if her condition worsens. Her husband has embarked upon a challenge of completing four long-distance events asking people to pledge to become organ donors.

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