Katie Price has updated fans on her mum Amy’s terminal lung condition, revealing that she is currently waiting for a transplant.
The former glamour model, 43, revealed that while Amy remains active, she would only have around 18 months left to live without a new lung.
Speaking on Simon Thomas’s Life, Interrupted podcast, which was recorded in April, Katie explained: ‘My mum’s terminally ill but she still does her spinning classes every morning and her yoga, we are just a sporty family and we always have been.’
Discussing the condition Amy has, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, Katie explained: ‘It’s like COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder) but my mum has never smoked, she’s always been healthy and she got told a couple of years ago, it’s coming up to three years, that she would have three to five years left of her life.
‘You know, it’s going to happen. She still does her spinning classes, she’s got like 34% left of her lung capacity so now she has started oxygen, which isn’t nice to see because in my head, once you start the oxygen and you need that, you know it’s coming.’
Katie even selflessly offered to donate one of her own lungs to her mother, but says the process is a complicated one: ‘She’s waiting to see if she can have a lung transplant.
‘I even offered my lung to her but it’s not that easy. You have to be ill enough to have it because if you are too well, they won’t give it, but then you have still got to be well enough to take it.
‘Although my mum could have it now, it doesn’t mean to say that she’d still survive it, because it can reject in three weeks and it only prolongs your life for five years.’
Katie says Amy has decided that if she were offered the transplant she would go ahead with it despite there being no guarantees whether the organ would take or prolong her life.
She says: ‘I spoke to my mum the other day and she is all there [mentally], it’s just her lungs and it must be so hard for her because she is so active normally.
‘She said if she got offered a lung next week, as well as she is now because they said she would only have 18 months left, so I said to her: “If they say you have 18 months left, you’re not going to be how you are now in 18 months because obviously you’ll deteriorate”, so she said if she got offered a lung transplant now, she would do it.
‘Which must be such a hard decision, knowing that you could die on that table or it might reject and that’s the end of your life, knowing that she has still got energy in her.’
Katie and Amy deal with the terminal condition by finding humour in the difficult situation, with the mum-of-five explaining: ‘When I first got told, you start Googling – it’s not a good thing to Google because you see all kinds of things on there and you just look at the worst.
‘You never look at the positives, not that there really is positives because she is terminally ill. I think it hit me hard then because I thought “Oh my god, I’m going to lose her soon,” and it’s been nearly three years now.
‘You talk to your mum and the family so you sort of get your head around it. Well, if there is such thing. We still have a laugh with it, we don’t make it doom and gloom.
‘My mum still comes to my Zoom chats to help me sort stuff with Harvey so I sort of say “Oh mum, save your oxygen – let me do the talking for once!” And she’s like “Oh, alright then!” But we just have a laugh with it.’
Credit: Original article published here.