Transplant chef Dave will soon be back in business
A POPULAR local chef who was dealt a double blow when he lost his job and then had to have a double lung transplant plans to make a comeback later this summer.
Dave Lawrence and his partner Shamsi Kabbara, above, will be taking over the kitchen as The Two Amigos at the Royal Oak in Chipping Sodbury, offering Mexican tapas.
Exactly when they will open depends on how Dave’s recovery is progressing, but they are hoping that it will be in August or September.
Dave suffered a double blow at the start of the year when, just after hearing that he needed a lung transplant, he lost hisjob when Chipping Sodbury Mexican restaurant Amigos shut at short notice.
On her blog of Dave’s journey to recovery, Shamsi said: “We are absolutely buzzing! This is the boost we’ve needed! Hopefully Dave will come on in leaps and bounds now.”
“The response has been phenomenal and so many of you have said you want a table on opening night – we are truly humbled! It’s great that now we have something other than doctors and medication to concentrate on.”
Dave has experienced a bumpy road to recovery after his transplant, experiencing severe stomach pain which has led to further hospital stays. Shamsi, who has health issues of her own, had to move into Southmead Hospital to take care of him when he was initially taken ill in November last year, and then live near the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where the transplant took place. Her Mum looked after their 12 year old daughter, Yasmin.
The couple are now at home and Shamsi has been trained by the hospital to administer a complicated array of medicines on a daily basis, some of which are to stop Dave’s body from rejecting his new lungs.
They are grateful to the Chipping Sodbury community who have loyally supported them, including raising money to pay their rent and helping Shamsi find accommodation in Birmingham.
Picture courtesy of Shamsi Kabbara