Knights of the Pain Table

A Camelot for Sufferers of Chronic Pain

A True Story of Two Hearts – Hannah Clark Saved by a Noble Heart

“A love-sick heart dies when the heart is whole,
For all the heart’s health is to be sick with love.”

~The Garden of Bright Waters
From the Hindustani of Miyan Jagnu (eighteenth century)
Translated by Edward Powys Mathers

This is a story of two hearts.  The Daily Mail in the UK, reported this amazing story of Hannah Clark and her fight to survive.

Hannah Clark as a baby suffered with severe dilated Cardiomyopathy, a disease that almost doubled the size of her weakened heart.   Her weak heart struggled to keep working.

At the age of two, Hannah was given a donor heart in a transplant operation.  The new heart was placed alongside her own heart to help it recover.   Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub carried out the piggy-back transplant.

For 10 years, the donor heart did most of the work so Hannah’s own heart could rest.  Due to the increasing danger of side effects from the anti-rejection drugs, the doctors had to remove her donor heart.  Thankfully, Hannah’s heart was now strong enough to pump blood on its own.

Now at the age of 16, Hannah has made a full recovery.  The heart surgery team said in the medical journal,  “The Lancet”,  that this is proof that the heart can heal itself.

Hearts,  though,  are more than just a physical organ.   They can be broken or hurt or damaged in many ways.   When a heart is broken we also become broken.   But just like Hannah,  our broken hearts need another heart to beat by our side,  to protect us till we are strong again.   Hearts speak the same language of love.

We pray Hannah continues her amazing recovery and thank that noble donor heart for standing by her.

Tonight I pray that if your heart is pierced with hurt or pain, that another heart will find you and beat by your side, till you are strong once again.

In Camelot, our hertes will always ride with you.

Lady Sharon
Scribe of The Knights of the Pain Table


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