Schoolgirl given a new lease of life after she has one working lung made from part of her mum and dad's organs
16:44 GMT, 26 March 2012
A chronically ill schoolgirl has been given a new lease of life after both her mum and her dad each donated part of their lungs for a rare live transplant operation.
Tugce Basar, 15, suffers from Cystic Fibrosis which causes inflammation of the airways. The teenager had been hospitalised for nearly a year in Istanbul, Turkey, after both her lungs filled with mucus and stopped working properly.
Determined: Tugce Basar received part of a lung from both her parents
She was flown to Austria after surgeons from AKH Hospital, who treated George Michael last year, said tissue matches with both her parents made the rare transplant possible.
The live operation is very rare and has only been performed four times at the Vienna hospital over the past 20 years.
During the three-way operation, surgeons led by Walter Klepetko took
part of her father's rights lung and part of her mother's left lung
to form one new, healthy lung for Tugce.
She and her parents are now recovering following the nine hour operation.
Her father Tarcan Basar said: 'I just want her to be happy and healthy. I want her to be able to things a normal 15-year-old can – going for walks and going swimming.'
Tugce and her parents had surgery at the pioneering AKH hospital in Vienna, Austria
Now less than two weeks after the surgery Tugce has taken her first steps and is expected to travel home with her parents in May.
Before the surgery she said: 'I am not scared of the operation. I have had so many challenges in life to face.
'I know I will beat this. I will survive the operation and my life will be so much better when it is done and I have recovered.'
Her father said: 'Doctors
were amazed with Tugce's will to live, energy and strength.'
The 170,000 operation was paid for by the Turkish government with a third of the funds coming from Tugce's favourite football club Besiktas Istanbul. The teenager said she is eager to return to Turkey so she can celebrate with the fans who helped save her life.