Will I Still Love My Mum?

Director: Channel 4
Year: 2005
Country: UK
Duration: 60 mins
Rating: N/A

Filed under: Human Transplantation, Documentary

‘Will I Still Love My Mum?' is one of the first questions a child asks when they are told they need a heart and lung transplant. Children with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) already know they have an illness that cannot be cured and that will eventually kill them. When the drugs stop working the only thing left is to go on a waiting list for a transplant. But half of those who go on the list die while waiting. And two out of every five who do get a transplant will die within five years. Now imagine being just ten years old and having to make this decision. And then imagine being that child's parents and knowing that if your child says no to a transplant, the potentially life saving operation will not go ahead. This moving film follows ten-year-olds Hannah and Kayley who have fought CF all their lives but whose only hope now is the transplant waiting list. Will the girls agree to go on the list? If they say no, will their parents have to agree to let them die? And if they are called for a transplant, will they go through with an operation that could transform their quality of life, but could also kill them? (Aired Channel 4, Wednesday 3 August 2005, 21:00)

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