Cystic Fibrosis sufferer and transplant patient Nardya Miller promotes organ donation in her final days of lifeJanuary 17th, 2017
A DYING Brisbane Qld Australia woman is using her final days to promote the importance of organ donation.
Last Wednesday, 25-year-old Nardya Miller was given a week to live. On Sunday she was submitted to palliative care.
The beauty salon owner has Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and her body is rejecting a double lung transplant she had over two years ago, the Sunshine Coast Daily reports.
Ms Miller’s fiance Liam Fitzgerald said it isn’t CF that is killing her, it is the chronic rejection she was diagnosed with three months ago.
“CF was a part of her life for 23 years and got her to needing a bilateral lung transplant but after the first 11 months post surgery, being so perfect, the lungs started to fail, over and over again requiring treatments she never thought she would have to go though.
“She went through rounds of plasmapheresis to try stop donor specific antibodies but nothing worked.”
Mr Fitzgerald said Ms Miller wants everyone to know how important organ donation is.
“The only way people will ever have a second chance at life is to be an organ donor.”
Ms Miller’s cousin Tachae Douglas-Miller said she underwent the lung transplant in 2014 because she was “sick of not being able to breathe and sick of fighting a never ending battle”.
“Although we hear stories on how new lungs had changed people lives, Nardya wasn’t so lucky.
“After undergoing the double lung transplant she didn’t realise she was so ill.”
But instead of letting her illness get the better of her, Ms Douglas-Miller said she started up her own beauty business and bought a house with Mr Fitzgerald, adopting three “beautiful little fur babies”.
“She started to make her dream of opening her own beauty store a reality (because) she didn’t want to stop working as she didn’t want to burden her fiance with debt.
“Unfortunately now, Nardya is losing the battle …(she) won’t be going home.”
Ms Douglas-Miller and her sister Ainsley Douglas-Miller started a Go Fund Me to help keep Ms Miller’s dreams of not leaving her fiance in debt, alive.
Already more than $15,000 has been raised by more than 400 people in six days, smashing the initial $10,000 target.
“We are overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity. I can’t thank everyone enough.”
Despite only having days to live, Ms Douglas-Miller said Ms Miller is still “witty, humorous and talkative”.
“Although we all know what the reality is.”
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