Lincolnshire woman thanks hospital with World Heart Day sponsored walk
A WOMAN from Sutterton is taking part in a sponsored walk to thank a hospital that kept her father alive for a few more precious years.
Keelie Cook, 29, is taking part in World Heart Day this Sunday, by walking nine miles with her fiance Daniel, and their pet pooch, Coke, in aid of Papworth Hospital.
Keelie said: "After years of being very ill with an enlarged heart which was not working efficiently, my Dad needed a heart transplant which he received in 2000 at Papworth when I was 16.
"He had a few years of fantastic health before his new heart also began to enlarge and reject.
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"His health began to deteriorate slowly until September 2008 when my sister and I decided that he needed to be hospitalised – he was so ill that he was virtually bed ridden."
Keelie's fathers' health continued to decline and he passed away only a few weeks after the birth of his first grandchild.
Keelie added: "His lung was infected and had pretty much died.
"At this point my brave dad took the decision to stop all of his medication, food and water as he was in so much pain that he didn't want to prolong the inevitable.
"This was probably the worst thing I will ever have to experience in my life."
Since Keelie's father died she has taken part in many fund raising events including last year's London Marathon where she raised £2,500 for the British Heart Foundation.
Keelie will be walking in Ferry Meadows, Peterborough, where she will join others in raising money for the hospital.
She added: "I am walking this year in memory of my brilliant dad. The hospital were so good by giving him the gift of life for seven more years and cared for him in his final years.
"I'm sure my dad is looking down on me and is proud of me."
To sponsor Keelie visit www.justgiving.com/keelieanddan where you can also find out about her other forthcoming fundraising events.