Samantha our daughter struggled with illness from the day she was born. Her heart stopped 3 times and she was attached to a ventilator for the first 3 months of her life.
She was always beset with breathing difficulties and had severe chest infections, the treatments back then were quite barbaric, we had to hang her upside down in a harness and beat her back to drain the fluid from her lungs.
Her hearing deteriorated when she was nine and she had to wear 2 hearing aids, her spine also twisted which made her back very painful... all in all if something could go wrong with Sam it did. All this illness culminated to Sam having to have a double lung and heart transplant in 2002 at Papworth Hospital.
She never once let any of this get the better of her. She wanted to do all the things every other young girl did, and by golly she did; as those who knew her will confirm. Sam loved dancing, clubbing, riding, swimming, driving round Brands Hatch and everything else she could try, she would. Her laugh was very distinctive, she had a great sense of humour and was always having fun. She cherished all her friends and family.
We are so very proud of her and she is an inspiration to a lot of people. Everybody that knew her loved her, and she loved life, but most of all she adored her son Zachary who she always said was her best achievement.
The second transplant in 2011 proved too much for her, although she fought hard to stay with us, but it was not to be. We miss her desperately but we know she would be really grateful as we are for your support of the Sammi B Foundation.