Double Lung Transplant Recipient To Run City2Surf Just Months After Operation
Adam Wells had just weeks to live. Ten months later, he's running the City2Surf.
A man who received a double lung transplant is set to run in Sydney's City2Surf on Sunday, just months after his life-saving operation.
Adam Wells was told he had just five weeks to live when his transplant came through in October last year.
He was diagnosed with sarcoidosis -- a non-cancerous condition where abnormal nodules appear in the body's tissues -- in 2003, and battled the disease for years.
Most people with sarcoidosis recover within a few years, but in serious cases like Wells, the condition can lead to death.
Now, just 10 months after receiving his new set of lungs, Wells is set to run the iconic 14km track from Sydney's CBD to Bondi Beach. Next year, he plans to tackle the grueling Kokoda Trail.
This time last year, Wells was in isolation at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and struggles to believe he has entered the race just a year later, he told Ten Eyewitness News.
"No matter what I do, I will finish it, but I'm in it, and I'm stoked," he said.
"It's such a generous gift to give someone a second chance, and personally I plan to honour my donor by doing all that I'm doing."
There have been just 247 lung transplants in Australia, and the medical community is urging more people to consider becoming an organ donor.
Around 1400 people are on Australian transplant waiting lists at any one time, and a further 12,000 people are on dialysis.
But organ donation is rare. Only about two percent of people who die in hospital will be eligible to donate their organs, a gift that can transform the lives of up to 10 other people.
Last year, New South Wales recorded its highest ever number of organ donors.
A total of 135 people were able to donate their organs, a generous decision by their families that saved the lives of 420 others.
NSW Health puts this down to the success of the National Reform Programme, a $151 million push to improve access to transplants.
Since the reform in 2008, deceased organ donations in the state have gone up by 137 percent.