Triple transplant survivor's plea to reunite with band who helped her through worst days
PUBLISHED: 12:39 20 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:25 26 February 2018
In November 2004, 15-year-old Natasha Storey met her favourite band, The Rasmus, at UEA in Norwich.
The meeting was a special surprise for Miss Storey, who at the time was waiting for a lifesaving operation, having been given only a few months to live.
Miss Storey suffered from an incurable heart condition called cardiomyopathy and required a double lung and heart transplant.
Defying the odds, the teen survived a year after her diagnosis and in the summer of 2005 found a donor.
Now, 13 years after her operation, Miss Storey is living a happy, healthy life. Her only regret is that she hasn’t been able to thank The Rasmus for their support.
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The 28-year-old said: “In 2004, one of my dreams came true, I met my favourite band in person.
“It’s a memory I will always treasure, however I do have my regrets. Due to my illness and shy personality, I couldn’t pluck up the courage to actually speak to them. Not being able to breathe properly didn’t really help the situation either!
“I wish I’d asked them questions and got to know a bit more about them as people. If I had this opportunity again, I’d tell them how much they helped me through my worst days, when I thought I wasn’t going to make it, how their songs eased my pain, gave me hope and encouraged me to keep fighting.”
Recently the Finnish band announced they would be returning to the city to perform at The Waterfront on October 18 and Miss Storey hopes this could be the opportunity she’s been waiting for.
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“I am so grateful to each and every person that helped me live long enough to receive my transplant, and they all know that because I’ve thanked them, but I haven’t had a chance to properly thank Lauri, Aki, Paulo and Eero. To be able to tell them this in person would mean the world to me,” she said. “Now that I’m well and have grown into a stronger, more confident woman, I’d be able to undo my regrets and really fulfil that dream 12 years on.”