Transplant patient takes on bluewater yacht race

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After surviving a double-lung transplant, an amateur British sailor is taking part in a round-the-world yacht race.

Justine Laymond, 39, was diagnosed with LAM, or lymphangioleiomyomatosis, eight years ago.

The condition, which she developed in her 20s, meant her lungs collapsed 13 times and she was in a coma for three weeks before being hooked up to a life support machine.

After a 16-month wait and three false alarms, as well as having to learn to walk again, a suitable lung donor was eventually found for Justine and she underwent a double lung transplant.

And now, having never sailed before, she is taking part in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race — a 40,000-mile round-the-world adventure that involves a fleet of 68-foot yachts.

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Follow Laymond’s progress at her blog.