A WIFE is making a heartfelt plea for people to register as organ donors in a desperate bid to save her husband’s life.
Former Chesham Grammar School pupil Lauren Britton’s husband Andrew, 32, will remain in Harefield Hospital until he gets his urgently needed new heart.
Mr Britton, who was a fitness fanatic, started to feel ill a few days before the couple tied the knot at The Gatsby, in Berkhamsted, in November last year.
While on honeymoon in the Maldives, Mr Britton fell ill and was rushed by speedboat to hospital where he was put on life support after doctors discovered he had myocarditis, an infection of the heart muscle which has destroyed his heart.
He was then flown to a hospital in Bangkok where he was on life support for six weeks before he could be flown back to the UK to Harefield Hospital.
Mrs Britton, 33, said: “It was terrifying. It was just the most awful time. Everyone’s been hugely shocked by the whole thing.
“It’s so important for people to register. If you would want to have an organ, you should sign up. It’s awful that we’re waiting for something awful to happen to another family, it’s heartbreaking, but if someone’s able to give Andrew a chance of life then that’s going to be an amazing gift.”
Mrs Britton decided to become a donor herself and entered the NHS Blood and Transplant’s video competition Organ Donation Through a Lens to help raise awareness.
Mrs Britton has been shortlisted with her video titled Odd Socks, a lighthearted clip of her talking to a sock puppet about organ donation.
The video that receives the most views will win the competition. Mrs Britton’s video has had 2,208 views.
Mrs Britton’s parents live in Chesham and she lived in the town until she was 28 before moving to Savay Close in Denham Green.
She added: “I wanted to do something positive in this upsetting time as well as raise awareness and make Andrew smile. Thanks to Matt Hulbert and Jez Rose who helped me make the film.”
n To watch Mrs Britton’s video, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v= kYhSVqCK4o4. The video with the most views by June 21 will be the winner.
n To register on the organ donation register visit www.transplantweek.co.uk, text DONATE to 62323 or call 0300 123 2323.