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Girl who introduced on stay TV she was going to Dignitas clinic finds life-changing drug for cystic fibrosis

Woman who announced on live TV she was going to Dignitas clinic finds life-changing drug for cystic fibrosis


A WOMAN with cystic fibrosis who spoke about plans to finish her life stay on This Morning has been given a miracle drug. 

Jennie Thornton, 40, who has suffered since she was a child was given a brand new lease of life when she grew to become certainly one of 120 victims within the UK to be granted entry to a brand new drug known as Kaftrio in March.

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Jennie Thornton appeared on This Morning in December 2013 speaking about her plans to finish her life[/caption]

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Jennies mum Debby made the choice to assist finish her terminally ailing daughter’s life on the Dignitas Clinic in Switzerland[/caption]

The illness kills half of suffers earlier than they attain 40 and when COVID struck Jennie was in a wheelchair with solely 30% lung operate.

Chatting with The Mirror, Jennie mentioned: “I knew I used to be on the record for the drug and when it arrived in March I attempted to not get my hopes up.

“However the outcomes have been virtually instantaneous. All my household sat with me within the backyard after I took my first tablet at 10.30am on a Saturday morning.

“By 4.30pm the cough I’ve lived with all my life had eased. In two weeks my lung operate had shot as much as 60%, I gained 10lb and not felt breathless and exhausted. In brief, I don’t really feel like I’m dying any extra.”

She additionally observed that the salty pores and skin characterising CF victims had ­disappeared. 4 a long time of ache had lifted from her shoulders.

Kaftrio, known as Trikafta within the US, is now licensed to be used by the NHS and provides hope to hundreds of CF victims.

The genetic degenerative illness causes the physique to supply a thick, sticky mucus that impacts the lungs or digestive system. Victims ultimately die from lung collapse or organ failure.

In 2013 Jennie spoke about her plan to attend Dignitas in an interview on This Morning.

Talking about life because the pandemic approached, Jennie mentioned: “I used to be out and in of hospital and in a really darkish place as I confronted my very restricted life expectancy within the face of a world well being pandemic.”


“It sounds bleak, however I resigned myself to the worst. I advised my household that ought to I contract Covid-19 I didn’t wish to go on to a ventilator and cling to life.”

“I’ve been given my life again. I’m euphoric. I started to grasp that I’m laughing on a regular basis. All through my life I’ve suppressed laughing, because it took up an excessive amount of lung operate. Now I chortle on a regular basis. I really feel reborn.”

A life dominated by countless hospital appointments and a each day drug and physiotherapy regime has now been changed with a brand new one.

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