‘I left my heart in Newcastle’

Lorraine Cummings, one year on from her heart transplant is set to compete in the Westfield Health British Transplant Games held in Belfast in the Badminton section. INNT 26-406RM
Lorraine Cummings, one year on from her heart transplant is set to compete in the Westfield Health British Transplant Games held in Belfast in the Badminton section. INNT 26-406RM

CARNMONEY woman Lorraine Cummings talks about having a new glow and being able to walk and talk at the same time without getting out of breath, but it was her brother’s wedding which brought her the greatest joy since her life changing heart transplant.

“I danced the whole night away and by the end I was totally out of breath. I went over to my mum and asked if that was normal and she said ‘of course, you are just out of energy’,” said Lorraine.

“It’s the silly little things that bring me the most amount of joy - things that I couldn’t do before that I can now, just amaze me.”

Lorraine was born with a heart defect which severely limited her ability to carry out even the most basic of everyday tasks.

The 34-year-old’s life was a constant stream of visits to hospitals and examinations by doctors until a cardiac arrest in June 2006 forced her to leave her office job and rely on the support of her family.

Read Lorraine’s incredible story in this week’s TIMES...