Norm Smith

Heart Transplant No 53 reaches 10 years

Norm Smith, who had his heart transplant 10 years ago on the 2nd of August 1990, celebrated the milestone with an afternoon tea. With 70 plus family, neighbours and friends from various clubs and the like, the Parkhill Primary School hall was hired for this important event.

Taking out the population figures and the number of transplants still able to celebrate a ten year anniversary it is a one in 346,154 chance that a person would experience this type of function.

Norm is still very active playing lawn bowls, keeping the local primary school in good condition, doing all the little maintenance jobs around the school. Also carrying out volunteer work at the Alfred hospital one morning a week. Lawn Bowls at the Burwood Bowls club and at various other bowls clubs occupies up to five afternoons in a week.

The proceeds from the sale of his book "A Heart is Better than a Spade", that is on sale in three areas at the Alfred, has now raised $672.00 for the Heart/Lung Family Trust.

The photograph shows Norm, on the left, with Richard Rowlands, a seven year transplant, at the 10 year celebration. (Richard also doubles as Santa Claus - maybe you saw his sleigh at our barbeque recently?)