Hitch and Frenchay....

by The Squirrell 27. September 2012 22:32

I had been feeling a bit tight chested, heart pounding,

and taking an "extra" big breath now and again...


I went to the GP and ended up in Frenchay Hospital !


After a night in, lots of blood tests, echo and ECG, I

was left in a bed until one of the obviously overworked

doctors came to explain that although all the test showed

abnormalities, it may be that's just "heart trauma" post transplant?


QEH have been great and are seeing me Monday... Keep your fingers crossed

Team Transplanters!!....


RIP Matt Lammas....

by The Squirrell 23. September 2012 17:51

A hugely tragic day in my life...


When I had my transplant, there was another "Matt" waiting and in

desperate straights, waiting for a heart donation... I went into surgery

thinking he would not be around when I woke up.... To my delight during my

coma etc, he'd also been given the gift of life and when I finally awoke he

was also nursing a big scar!!


During our recouperation, and ongoing check ups we'd meet, chat, laugh at

the stupid things we'd tried to do to soon, and we kept each other spirits up.


It was with enormous sadness that I learnt he'd been admitted on Thursday

with heart issues. He emailed me on Thurs and Friday to say he felt a liitle better

but there was still concerns etc, but he was in talks with QEH to be transferred 

there next week.... Sadly this never came...


He had complications and passed away. The whole QEH "family" of

recipients and staff are mourning a likeable YOUNG man.




We will miss you Matt...


Our thoughts are with your family and loved ones at this awful time. 


Rest in peace....


Anguloeme 2012 !....

by The Squirrell 16. September 2012 15:13

Dad and I just had a TOP boys adventure!


I have been to Anguloeme "Circuit Des Ramparts" before but Dad

had not...(Can you see it coming?!) So in "Typical Matt" style I

decided he needed to go, so began the tenuous and ill thought out


(Huge thanks to Jane for having Samuel for a week while we went!)


Anguloeme race is a MUST for all historic car nuts (ie Dad and I !) as

its a gathering of lots of classic racers that are USED and not stored and polished!


I got flights to Limoge (Yes QEH! I tookLOADS of sun screen!) then onto a

friends house...(Who had agreed to loan us his campervan to drive the rest

of the way and stay in for 2 nights!) So after parking it at night RIGHT outside

the local prison (- Who were understanding and let us continue our stay there!)

we had a sleepless night listening to the locals in the town, each others farting, snoring, various grunts and toilet wanderings! But were refreshed and excited to see all the sights, drink coffee and watch as the mad French let all the racers (all un licensed and no number plates etc) all drive through pedestrianised shopping arcades, closed roads, local roads, and not once did you hear

"Oi - put a silencer on that thing!".... The circuit is around a small town in

the south of France abd not without danger, as there is nominal barriers, and beyond the barriers peoples houses!! 

My wonderful heart propelled me around admirably and coped with the heat



Roll on 2014?!....


Sammys Swing....

by The Squirrell 6. September 2012 20:45

After a top buy at a second hand shop,


Samuel took to the skies!!


He's growing SO fast, and develops more everyday. He wakes up

smiling, and normally stays that way all day! (Full tummy and empty

nappy prevailing!)


About Matt.

My name's Matt. I was born with a congenital heart defect which hampered me in my youth, and sadly became a terminal conditon recently, and beyond the (amazing) care of the BRI-Bristol Heart team.

In 2008, my condition deteriorated, to a point I was happy to see Xmas 2008. I had prepared to die.

Then in January 2009, a late night phone call from QEH-Hospital Birmingham changed my world, when they offered me a heart transplant, if I could get there pronto!!

6 months on, after a rocky start, I am still alive, thanks to them!

Read on to see how my new life is taking shape, and my adventures to date!....



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