A panto enthusiast has tread the boards for the first time - just one year after a double-lung transplant.
Doug Ord, 53, of Cyprus Road, Attleborough, was diagnosed with an inherited genetic condition called alpha one antitrypsin. He spent seven years relying on oxygen to breathe, with the condition damaging his lungs, making breathing difficult and everyday tasks a struggle.
But after being placed on a transplant waiting list at Papworth Hospital, he underwent the life-changing operation last year.
Yesterday marked the first anniversary of the bilateral transplant.
And his first outing on the stage as Friar Tuck at the weekend - part of the Great Ellingham Pretenders production of Robin Hood - was very much a family affair, with his wife Emma, and three children, Becci, 13, William, 15 and Charliee, 17 also cast in the pantomime.
Mr Ord, who has been part of the group for six years but stayed behind the scenes due to his condition, said: “It has been a slow recovery process over the past year but I am getting there and I am so grateful to Papworth Hospital for giving me this new lease of life. The staff were amazing throughout my time there and I owe them a lot.
“For the first time ever I am able to take to the stage as I have always been behind the scenes because of my breathing.
“The show got better as it went on and it was absolutely hysterical. Everybody enjoyed it, so it was really good. I can’t wait for next year!
He added: “My surgery has also meant that I can do things with my children. For example I have taken up archery with William. This is something I couldn’t do prior to my transplant.
“The transplant is a miracle for me. It has changed my life completely. I am so grateful to Papworth.”
Mr Ord has given back to the hospital, raising money from a raffle at the performance for Papworth and for cancer support charity Star Throwers.
Kate Lancaster, Corporate Services Director at Papworth Hospital, said: “Doug’s story is a heart warming example of how our patients’ lives can be transformed, especially by a transplant.”