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Heart Cancer Transplant Woman Rebecca Henderson Dies After Surgery Aged 24

March 1, 2019

A woman who carried an artificial heart in a rucksack after her own was removed has died from transplant complications.

Rebecca Henderson, 24, from Bicester, was given the green light to receive a donor organ after scans showed she had been free of cancer for a year.

But her relatives said she died on Wednesday in Harefield Hospital “surrounded by family and friends”.

She was one of only two people in the UK with an artificial heart.

Her family said: “Becca was a beautiful, brilliant shining light in our lives.

“It was a privilege to have her as a daughter and a friend. Heaven has gained the brightest new star. We will love her forever.”

The Oxford University post-graduate student had her heart removed due to cancer in 2017.

Surgeon Stephen Westaby said “minuscule numbers of people” ever had cancer in the heart and Ms Henderson was “the most courageous young woman”.

In October, she returned to study at Oxford and brought the 7kg artificial heart with her.

“At no point did it ever occur to me to give up,” she told the BBC at the time.

“No matter how hard it is for me, even if it is hard for me, it will then be easier for the next person.

“I had my sister’s wedding and I had to get to that, I have other friends’ weddings, I’ve got my mum [and] my dad.”

St Anne’s College, where she was studying, paid tribute to Ms Henderson’s “unwavering determination” and “contagious enthusiasm for college life”.

“She had so many hopes and plans for the future and it is hard for us to realise that she will not have the chance to fulfil them,” it said in a statement.

“We will always be proud that Becca, as an undergraduate and graduate student, was someone who was part of and loved St Anne’s.”

Her tutors added: “Becca was a person of extraordinary courage, humour and intellectual achievement as well as potential.

“She had the admiration and affection of all who taught her and learned with her, students and tutors alike.”

Dr Janina Ramerez, an Oxford academic who was friends with Ms Henderson, said on Instagram she was “the strongest, bravest person I’ve ever met”.

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  1. March 3, 2019 5:44 pm

    Benefits cash could have saved the lives of Angela Smith – and thousands more –

    Dad-of-two finally wins appeal against fit-for-work ruling – seven months after his death –

    8,000 people die months after being rejected for disability benefit, Tories admit –

    Disabled Hull dad claims he’s ‘starving and freezing to death’ as benefits stopped –

    DWP U-turns and resumes some benefits for man with leukaemia after publicity, but won’t reinstate his mobility car –

    Woman, 74, dies after being struck by police car while riding mobility scooter –

    THE family of a grandfather who died during a ‘cruel and lengthy’ benefits appeal have won his case – seven months after his death. –

    Man, 26, with aggressive leukaemia has benefits and mobility car taken away during chemotherapy –

    DWP reveals 17,000 people died waiting for disability benefits in 5 years –

    Nine disability claimants die every day while waiting for their benefits –

    Penniless cancer patient received Universal Credit payment day after he died –

    Autistic West Lothian woman put through benefits hell by DWP contractor Maximus over Christmas –

    I could have starved to death says Worcester man denied benefits –

    The Department of Work and Pensions reassessed one Epping woman –

    Mum who sent message from death bed was diagnosed with cancer in 10 seconds after medics missed it six times –

    DWP are sending me claimants NI numbers – ICO complaint –

    DWP apologise to man dying of cancer for arranging a “work coach” –

    Anger over decision to allow DWP control of Scottish benefits until 2024 –

    Hundreds of computers removed from Jobcentres as online-only Universal Credit rolled out –

    Universal Credit claimants hit by removal of HUNDREDS of Jobcentre computers –

    ‘Dishonest and corrupt’ DWP worker jailed for £40k universal credit fraud –
    “A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) employee who paid herself more than £40,000 in universal credit payments has pleaded guilty to fraud and been jailed for a year.
    Lauren Wainwright, 32, used claimants’ national insurance numbers to make 54 separate fraudulent payments to her own bank account, Preston Crown Court heard.”

    ‘They made me feel like a scrounger’ – Woman’s despair after DWP takes away mobility car –

    SNP stance on benefits ‘shows utter hypocrisy’ –

    • March 3, 2019 10:28 pm

      I have lost a close family member to heart cancer, which is why I’ve covered the case of Rebecca Henderson ever since I heard about her.

      • March 3, 2019 11:41 pm

        My sympathies…

        My Dad died of cancer last summer.

        You might remember the way that he (and I) were maltreated and defrauded by the NHS Fake ‘charity’ Marie Curie and their hearse chasing, will forging lawyers?
        Or did you just ignore those links too.
        (At least a couple with cancer in the links above)

        Did your reply to my links have a Point?
        Or just a lame attempt at a ‘Guilt Trip’?

      • March 4, 2019 1:19 am

        My point was that in case you left these benefit links in that article to wonder why I covered the story, that’s why.

      • March 4, 2019 12:33 pm

        It was just the latest story (at the time).

        I hadn’t put up a links list in quite a while…
        thought there might be something of interest… missed deaths, torture and murder attempts… DWP misusing NI numbers, BSing Scottish Government etc…

      • March 4, 2019 12:38 pm

        Could you please not post benefit links or criticisms on tribute posts. Thanks.

      • March 4, 2019 3:04 pm

        “Could you please not post benefit links or criticisms on tribute posts”


        Would that include –

        Margret Thatcher?
        Jimmy Savile?

        … Ian Duncan Smith?
        Jeremy Corbyn?
        Lord Freud?
        Frank Field?

        Chief Executives of –

        Or any of the thousands of STILL not dead vermin they employ, bribe, encourage, assist, abet.?

        Or –

        BSing Pseudoscience Quackademics and their GARBAGE “Models of Disability… Used by Public Sector rats as a lame excuse for their Abuse Torture and Murder.????

      • March 4, 2019 3:17 pm

        The Atos-Capita-BBC Fake News reports ‘stories’ like the one above while it continues to IGNORE all of the NEGLECT, MALTREATMENT, ABUSE, HATE CRIME, TORTURE, MURDER committed against People with Cancer / Disabilities BY it’s Atos-Capita hate criminals.

        Are you going to ask Victoria Derbyshire to START DOING IT’S JOB?

      • March 4, 2019 3:25 pm

        Victoria Derbyshire is one of the most sensitive journalists I know. Her programme is one of my main sources of health news. If you don’t like my sources, don’t read my site.

      • March 4, 2019 4:19 pm

        You HAVE heard of Atos? and Capita? haven’t you?

        Or are you only going to start giving a s*** when they… eventually …get round to defrauding, torturing, murdering you?

        Like this blind-eye turning “Political” University Pseudoscience Quackademic.
        So un-ejumakated that it has NEVER heard of Fraud, Misconduct, Murder –

        Were it’s Quackademic learning difficulties SO severe that it couldn’t understand something as SIMPLE as THE FRAUD ACT or HOW TO CALL THE POLICE?

        It’s Majestyness only started WHINING when a minion was slow to fix it’s wheelchair –
        That’s the Atos-Capita-BBC Fake News idea of a “disabled rights campaigner ” is it?

        Do you really think that blogs get “Awards” ***JUST*** for copying and pasting government Propaganda?

      • March 4, 2019 4:22 pm

        Hundreds daily find my posts useful. No one forces you to read the site.

      • March 4, 2019 5:25 pm

        Your pastes –
        ‘Here is how the Governments criminals say you should lie down and die.’

        My comments –
        ‘Never mind the Fake BS, Here is how to beat them and LIVE.’

        They’re on here for what you paste…

        I’ll ask you again. No more of your abuse.

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