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Pride of Britain

09 November 2010

Dr Allison John on Graduation dayDr Allison John

A Cardiff medical graduate who overcame major health problems to become a doctor has been recognised in the annual Pride of Britain Awards.

Dr Allison John, who graduated from the School of Medicine earlier this year, made medical history as the first person in Britain to have all her major organs transplanted.

If having to deal with being diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at just six weeks old was not bad enough, over the last 30 years Allison lived with the physical and emotional trauma of receiving a new heart, lungs, liver and kidney – including one operation where she remained awake instead of a riskier general anesthetic, which could have further endangered her life.

Despite this and the many forced periods out of her studies – Dr John also completed a degree in Neuroscience from the School of Biosciences in 2001 before eventually completing her medical studies and becoming a junior doctor at Abergavenny’s Nevill Hall Hospital in August.

Dr John’s bravery has been hailed by the Prime Minister, David Cameron as an ‘inspiration’ to the country at a special lunch at Downing Street.

The Prime Minister told Dr John he thought her story was remarkable and he was surprised she had made the decision to become a doctor after all her treatments.

Professor Paul Morgan, Dean of the School of Medicine, said: "Dr John’s story is truly remarkable. The Pride of Britain Awards rightly recognise those people who, despite all the odds, achieve their aims.

"From everyone at the School of Medicine we congratulate Dr John on her well deserved award."

The Pride of Britain Awards is an annual event, celebrating the achievements of some of the UK’s truly remarkable people.

Hosted by Carol Vorderman - who was made an Honorary Fellow of the University in 2008 - winners come from all walks of life and from all age groups, but they have one thing in common - they inspire others.

Dr John received her Special Recognition Award at a star-studded ceremony in London which will be screened on ITV Wales 1 at 8pm on Wednesday 10th November.

Homepage image courtesy of: Media Wales LTD

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