Lung transplant celeb visits VGH
Helene Campbell, double lung transplant recipient hugs transplant surgeon Dr. John Yee during a tour of Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, B.C. on Tuesday November 12, 2013. Campbell visits Vancouver as part of her cross-country tour to promote her Give2Live campaign. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
An Ottawa woman on a cross-country tour to support families of transplant patients made a stop in Vancouver Tuesday to visit Vancouver General Hospital’s transplant centre.
Helene Campbell’s journey began when she suddenly required a double lung transplant at 20 years old and made contact with TV’s Ellen DeGeneres and pop superstar Justin Bieber, who spread news of her plight.
Campbell also kept a blog about her experiences, chronicling the journey until she received her new set of lungs.
Now, as part of the Give2Live campaign, she is jaunting across Canada, touring transplant centres, to help raise money for people who have gone through similar challenges.
During her tour of the local centre, she met with people working in the transplant and organ donation sector, as well as with patients themselves.
Funds raised from the B.C. leg of the trip will go to VGH and the University of B.C. Hospital Foundation to benefit those having such transplants done in Vancouver.