*Pictured are Lyall Pearce with Dr Michael Stokes.
“Lyall has taken part in a number of clinical trials and he was able to get compassionate access to an anti-plasma cell antibody (called Daratumumab) that has shown promising results in myeloma patients,” Dr Horvarth said.
“This was successful in keeping Lyall’s toxic protein production under control for 18 months.
“In spite of that, his heart function continued to deteriorate so it was fortunate that he was eligible for the subsequent treatment he received.”
Lyall spent several weeks in ICU and then on the ward at St Vincent’s Hospital, but is now back home recovering and relatively independent.
“We think he is going really well and we are optimistic,” Dr Stokes said.
“He’s five months post-transplant and requires long-term immunosuppressive therapy. “
While still battling amyloidosis, Lyall has new goals to achieve.
“It’s just a matter of being able to get my fitness back. I’d like to get on my bike again.”
He is also hoping to get back to work next year at DXC Applications where he has worked as a support specialist for 20 years.
June 2023 – My life after my heart transplant
Subsequent to my heart transplant, I had finished watching all of YouTube and Netflix and decided to return to work.
Work in IT is not physically demanding and the DXC (The company I work for) had a “Work from home” policy that was introduced during the Covid pandemic.
So, I returned to work in 2021 and continues in his role of IT Support to this day.
I have also participated in the Adelaide City to Bay fun run, 2022. Whilst I did not actually “run”, I walked. I did complete the entire 12km event, though and I would have liked to have been a little faster. I was overtaken by a lady, more senior than me, who had an oxygen bottle in a baby stroller and was trying to get in shape for a lung transplant.
I also keep in touch with some fellow heart transplant patients. WE all had our transplants for different reasons. One of these people has discovered marathons but was kind enough to walk with me on the City to Bay fun run.
I also has a new member of the family, a small Bichon Frise/Poodle cross dog, whom I take on walks almost every day with a friend who lives about 100m away who has a Maltese Schitzu of the same age.
I wheeled out is bicycle in May and discovered that it was not as easy to ride as it once was, requiring a bit more practice. Riding around the block is hard enough, let alone 100km+as I used to be able to ride.