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Justine: I live life to the full since lung transplant
8:00am Thursday 17th July 2014 in News
A WOMAN who suffered 15 lung collapses will feature in a vintage calendar aimed at raising awareness of organ donation.
Justine Laymond, 41, from Broomfield, has a rare lung disease and had a life-saving double lung transplant in 2006 after waiting 16 months.
Having since sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 2012 and won bronze in the World Transplant Games last summer, Justine has now joined forces with 11 other transplant patients to put together the calendar, to raise funds and awareness of the Live Life Give Life charity.
Justine said: “This has been going on for about a year and a half.
“They were looking for people to be part of it and I thought I would put myself forward. I wasn’t sure I would be picked, but I was delighted and very humbled.
“I’m 41 nowand never thought I would be modelling for a calendar!”
Since undergoing the double transplant, Justine has been able to live a more normal life. She attends bootcamp sessions two or three times a week.
Before the major operation, Justine suffered 15 lung collapses, spent three weeks in a coma and then two months more on a life support machine.
She added: “My life is a lot better. I’m living my life to the full.”
For more information on the awareness campaign, visit www.facebook.com/transplanttroopers