Comment: A tribute to Emily Icke

Emily and David Icke pictured in January 2014

Emily and David Icke pictured in January 2014

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I am sure many will agree when I say the world has lost a brave, courageous and inspirational person in Emily Icke, who last week passed away after a life-long battle against cystic fibrosis.

I remember having the pleasure of interviewing her following her surprise transplant party in December last year, which took her devoted husband David five months to organise.

It had marked a year since the major operation which had filled her family with such hope, after she received the brand-new set of lungs she had been waiting for since she was diagnosed with the condition at the age of 18 months.

During the course of our chat, she was warm, bubbly and obviously filled with eternal gratitude to her donor, whom she said she thought about every day.

She was thrilled about being able to do everything a young woman her age took for granted – riding a bike, climbing a set of stairs, driving her car and breathing without the need to be hooked up to an oxygen tank.

An avid animal-lover, she was looking forward to going back to volunteer at the RSCPA centre in Quainton and generally just live life to the full after triumphing over adversity.

But sadly, despite the best efforts of medical science and doctors at Harefield Hospital in London, it was not to be and Emily’s body began to reject her new lungs in January this year.

After a courageous fight, she lost her battle at the age of just 25 – the same age as me.

Many had followed her progress with updated stories published in this newspaper, where readers were no doubt inspired by her positive outlook and her utter refusal to give up.

She could have been forgiven for focusing on building her life with David and making up for lost time, but instead she still thought of others and poured herself into spreading the word about cystic fibrosis, a condition which causes the lungs and digestive system to become clogged with mucus.

She tirelessly fundraised for the Cystic Fibrosis charity, and her transplant party alone saw £1,300 be split between that charity, Live Life Give Life and the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity.

Rest in peace Emily, your legacy will live on.