Heart transplant gives Willetton man a reason to run


Heart transplant recipient Steven Seddon and Fiona Stanley Hospital nurse practitioner Clare Fazackerley.
Heart transplant recipient Steven Seddon and Fiona Stanley Hospital nurse practitioner Clare Fazackerley.

A HEART transplant has given Willetton resident Steven Seddon a second chance at life-and a reason to run.

Mr Seddon said he began experiencing heart trouble after he contracted sarcoidosis while on an overseas trip.

Two-and-a-half years ago, the disease progressed to him needing a heart transplant.

“Once I was home, I was in and out of Fremantle and Fiona Stanley hospitals, with two blocked chambers and two ICDs inserted,” he said.

“By the time I was added to the transplant list, I could barely walk 10 steps in a row.”

Mr Seddon is part of a team of 20 from Fiona Stanley Hospital’s advanced heart failure unit who will be running the four kilometre stretch of next month’s Run for a Reason, fundraising for the Heart Foundation.

He said he would be running for those who had helped him while he was sick.

“Completing the HBF run is one way I can give back to those who have supported me throughout my transplant journey and help raise much needed funds for heart research,” he said.

“There isn’t anything I can’t do anymore. I am back into all my hobbies, enjoy travelling, I have restored an old car and always keep up with my walking and exercises.”

The Run for a Reason is on May 27.

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