Sabrina Persaud On the 23rd of September myself and two other critical care nurses will take to the sky and do a skydive to help raise money for the Harefield transplant appeal and the cystic fibrosis appeal.

Both appeals are very close and personal for us all. My dad had dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart's ability to pump blood is decreased because the heart's main pumping chamber, the left ventricle, is enlarged and weakened. Unfortunately for my dad he displayed little symptoms and due to the lack of research 10 years ago, he suffered a cardiac arrest. My passion for cardiac care began and was fortunate enough to join an amazing trust that specialises in just that!

Harefield Hospital is the UK’s largest heart and lung transplantation centre. Its pioneering Transplant Team performed the UK’s first combined heart and lung transplant in 1983 and the hospital continues to lead the way in cardiothoracic surgery today.

In 2015/16, the team performed 25 heart transplants, 49 lung transplants and implanted 49 artificial hearts, known as 'Left Ventricle Assist Devices' (LVADS), saving the lives of 123 people of all ages.
To ensure that our doctors and nurses can continue to help this number of people, we are raising money to support and advance our work.

On that note I would just like to mention organ donation as it is organ donators that make it possible. Organ donation is a personal choice.  I have had the privilege of overseeing organ donation as well as caring for patients post transplantation. It really is the gift of life stemming from sad circumstances. I would encourage anyone who does not already carry a donor card to consider one. Sabrina Persaud