Fundraising for Transplant Support

A woman who had a heart and lung transplant 19 years ago is asking people to fundraise so she can help more transplant patients who need support.

Nicola Langlands, 32, of Pevensey Bay, was born with two heart chambers and one valve, half of the heart she should have had.

She was the 12th child in the UK to have the double transplant, which she was given at Harefield Hospital in Middlesex.

Nicola, now a wife and mother to 10-year-old Megan, said, “Last October I became very ill and was taken in to Harefield again.

“At that time in my life I started to think really hard about the transplant, how it really had affected me and how it would be good to meet and talk to people who have also had transplants.

“So when I got home I set up a website for adults and children who have had a transplant, to help them deal with issues that may pop up after their transplant and most of all to make new friends.

“I myself found it very hard to deal with not be able to talk to someone like me who had a transplant, just to know that there was someone out there that was also going through what I went through.”

September 17 marks the 19th anniversary of Nicola’s transplant and she wants to celebrate by getting more people to join the website,, and help her fundraise so she can put posters about the website in all the UK’s transplant units.

She eventually wants to register Look Beyond the Heart as a charity, which will cost £5,000, and help to pay for wheelchairs, equipment and days out for members.


After her husband received a double-lung (bilateral) transplant in 2004, Shannon founded the Angel Cove Organ Donation Awareness Shop, which provides awareness t-shirts and gifts products for transplant recipients, living organ donors and donor families - giving 100% of the profits to help heart and lung transplant recipients with medical costs. Shannon lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her wonderful husband and two chocolate Labrador Retrievers.

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