Heart transplant recipient Wade Eathorne pictured with daughters Savannah, Scarlett and Indiana, and wife Justine.
Heart transplant recipient Wade Eathorne pictured with daughters Savannah, Scarlett and Indiana, and wife Justine. Contributed

Dad's fight for life after heart transplant

WADE Eathorne had no medical history, didn't smoke and hardly drank, but a massive heart attack changed his life forever without warning.

The failure left the father-of-three in need of a new heart and three years on from his transplant, he was gearing up for his third Cycle of Giving.

Mr Eathorne, of Little Mountain, said the day of his heart failure was like any other until he broke out in sweat, became faint and collapsed at his bank work desk.

Thankfully, a customer who was a nurse left something behind after a transaction and jumped into action. An ambulance arrived four minutes later.

As a former basketball player, Mr Eathorne's road to recovery was long and so was the 18-month heart transplant list.

A miracle came just 10 weeks later and Mr Eathorne revived his new heart and was back home in three weeks.

 

Heart transplant recipient Wade Eathorne.
Heart transplant recipient Wade Eathorne. Contributed

Mr Eathorne said one of his biggest struggles was the mental battle he fought everyday, but was inspired by his wife, Justine who spurred on their first Cycle of Giving team.

The annual event aims to raise vital funds for organ transplant research with a goal to hit $250,000 this year.

The research funds are spread across ground breaking projects to prevent lung transplant rejection, make more hearts available for transplant through new donor heart storage methods, develop more devices to keep hearts beating and even prevent the need for heart transplant.

'Team Wade' raised more than $11,000 for organ transplant research in 2017 and was crowned the highest fundraisers in 2018.

Mr Eathorne's wife and three daughters will join more than 1000 people riding in the March 10 event.

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