Published: Friday, July 18th, 2014

Heart transplant patient brings the Queen’s Baton to the hospital that saved her life

 

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Suzanne Swinson, a 61 year old heart transplant patient, will be greeted by NHS staff and more than 40 other heart transplant patients as she carries the Queen’s Baton through the Golden Jubilee National Hospital ahead of the Commonwealth Games 2014.

 

This Friday 18 July, Suzanne will carry the Baton through the Golden Jubilee as part of its route across West Dunbartonshire, as it continues its journey to the opening ceremony of Glasgow 2014.

 

Suzanne received her heart transplant at the Golden Jubilee in 2011, and has been an inspirational figure ever since, recently winning five medals in the 2014 World Winter Transplant Games.

 

As Suzanne begins her journey through the hospital, she will be greeted by the Staff Guard of Honour before taking the Baton through the grounds, giving staff, patients and the local community the chance to be a part of the day’s festivities.

 

At the end of her route, Suzanne will be received by our second Guard of Honour, made up of more than 40 heart transplant patients, who will be on hand to show their support for Suzanne and the entire team at the Golden Jubilee.

 

Discussing her nomination, Suzanne said: “It is an incredible honour to be part of the Queen’s Baton Relay but to be given the opportunity to carry it through the Golden Jubilee is absolutely fantastic.

 

“I am delighted that so many individuals who have had heart transplants will get to be a part of the day, not only to give them a chance to experience the event first hand, but to pay tribute to the donors and their families who made this possible. This is also a wonderful opportunity to say thank you to all the staff for their excellent care and highlight the lifesaving work that the hospital carries out on a daily basis.

 

“All transplant recipients are encouraged to get active, be healthy and take part in sporting events. Hopefully having the opportunity to carry the Baton will serve as an inspiration to everyone to take advantage of having the Commonwealth Games here in Glasgow.”

 

The Queen’s Baton Relay will be arriving at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital at approximately 10.50am, with entertainment and events lined up from 10.30am till 12.30pm, allowing as many members of the community as possible the chance to come along.

 

For more details, keep an eye on the Golden Jubilee’s official website, Facebook and Twitter pages at the following links:

 

Website: www.nhsgoldenjubilee.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NHSGoldenJubilee

Twitter: www.twitter.com/JubileeHospital

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