A 22-year-old woman turned to TikTok to reveal three unusual side effects following her heart transplant.
Cecilia-Joy Adamou (@ scars.and.stuff) from Surrey had undergone a heart transplant, kidney transplant and suffered from brain cancer. She actively uses her platform to speak candidly about her journey to her 13,000 subscribers.
Entitled “[Three] super weird things about my messy body, “Cecilia revealed that people can see her heart beating in her chest and” you can see it even more “in her belly.” I think it’s because when they gave me a heart, I was an 11-year-old malnourished girl with the heart of a middle-aged man, ”she explained.
She then goes on to share that “when [she] had brain surgery to remove her cancer, her hair never grew back, [her] the hair just never grew back “and left a bald area on the back of her head where she can” still feel the hole it drilled into [her] skull, and feel [her] pulsate through it.
Finally, she explained how her feet literally “don’t move” after suffering nerve damage.
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Born with an atrioventricular septal defect with left atrial isomerism, her condition meant that her heart chambers had holes in it. At just six months old, then at two years old, she underwent life-changing surgery, which allowed her to live a normal life for six years.
Much later in 2010, Cecilia had to receive a heart transplant from a 45-year-old man, after his heart deteriorated, leading to cardiac arrest. “I had a heart of this entity, this figure, but I learned his name, I learned his family. […] He loved to collect things, which is weird because I always collected things, he collected stamps and when I was little I collected dolls, ”she said.
“My parents would come home every night not knowing if I would be alive the next morning. A couple of times they got a call saying they had to come in, it’s almost the end, ”Cecilia said.
She then underwent 12-hour surgery and another cardiac arrest that required resuscitation for three months. Meanwhile, her mother donated a kidney after Cecilia suffered from kidney failure. She also had surgery on her feet due to nerve damage so she could walk again.
In 2014, Cecilia was diagnosed with two brain tumors and two more in her spine related to her transplant immunosuppressive drug, which are thankfully under control.
Cecilia’s bravery and courage sparked an influx of responses from around the world. One of them called her an “inspiration for all” who “always exudes positivity and always smiles”.
Another sincere response read, “My God, what a brave warrior you are. I pray that you will lead a long happy life and keep your grandchildren entertained with these party tips.