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We’re blown away by your generosity

A FAMILY who suffered a devastating double blow have praised the “amazing” support of their community.

Chipping Sodbury couple Shamsi and Dave Kabbara were left devastated after doctors told Dave that he needs a lung transplant, then only weeks later he lost his job.

Since news of their plight emerged, friends, neighbours and well-wishers have raised £6,000 to help the family through the toughest of times.

Just 10 weeks ago Dave was fit and healthy, working long hours at the town’s Mexican restaurant Amigos and going at “a hundred miles an hour,” according to Shamsi.

But in November he got an infection which caused scarring on his lungs. He was in and out of hospital before Christmas, and in early January had the news that he needed a transplant.

Dave was then hit with a second blow: he lost his job working at Amigos, which shut at short notice.

The couple have been effectively living in Southmead Hospital for weeks, waiting for a bed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Doctors there need to carry out pre-assessment tests ahead of a transplant.

Shamsi, who has an autoimmune condition which means she self-administers low level chemotherapy treatment every week, says she and Dave have been overwhelmed by the kindness of people in the Chipping Sodbury community.

She said: “Chipping Sodbury – wow! We are blown away by your generosity."

 

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