I am writing to thank Dr Haigh for her recent editorial [Some stories are heartbreaking, some are heartwarming; this one is both, [BCMJ 2013;55:409]. I also know Margaret Benson through the work I used to do at the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital. She is indeed an inspiration to those who meet her or hear her speak in advocacy for CF patients or transplantation.
I recently saw her on TV and was reminded of those dark, perilous days before she received her new lungs—what a difference a successful transplant can make in the lives of the recipients, their families, and, in Margaret’s case, society. It sent me to the computer to check that, indeed, I was registered as a donor. I hope everyone who reads this will do the same so others can fulfill their dreams of seeing the elephants.
—Lindsay Lawson, MD