Hannah Jones (22), was just 13 when she left the entire world surprised after refusing to have a heart transplant. At 13, she calmly stated that she would rather die than going to the hospital and spend her last days in pain.
However, destiny had something else in store for her. The 22-year-old has now just elebrated achieving a degree in English and Drama from Aberystwyth University and says she ‘regrets nothing’ about her decisions, according a report in Metro.
Hannah made history by fending off a legal bid by medics to force her to have treatment for heart failure. Her local hospital began High Court proceedings to temporarily remove her from her parents’ custody to allow the transplant to go ahead.
She had to plead her case to a child protection officer, who persuaded Herford Hospital to back down.
At 14, her condition deteriorated and she changed her mind and underwent a six-and-a-half-hour transplant.
The donor was a 40-year-old man who died in a motorcycle accident in Scotland. Hannah, who lives with her mum Kirsty, 51, and step-father Daniel Potter, 53, said: “I can’t quite believe how long it was.”
“I was exhausted by the drugs and the pressure I was under and I don’t regret my decision. It was right for me to challenge the doctors at the time,” she said.
Revealing about changing her decision, Hannah Jones says that she changed her mind after started to think of the things she wanted to do in her life. That thought convinced her to have a heart transplant.
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Two years after her transplant, Hannah spent two weeks in intensive care after being struck down with Swine Flu and was forced to take up to 15 pills a day.
Once she wanted to die, but now she is full of life. Hannah is dating PhD science student Sum Mistry and is now preparing to start a teaching course at Bath University this September.
According to a Dailymail report, she penned an open letter to the man whose heart now beats in her chest.
She wrote: “Every day, I try to picture your face and imagine what you look like. I think of you, surrounded by your loving family — maybe with your wife and children who miss you very much.”
“I am able to have dreams now, because of you — and I promise you that I will live my life to the full, every single day.’
Whatever the future holds, Hannah is really an inspiring person and has proved that when there’s a will, there’s a way.