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Airport security makes a startling discovery when a woman tries to move to Australia


A transplant patient has revealed how she was stopped by airport security as she was taking her old heart through customs.

Jessica Manning, 30, who had a double heart and liver transplant eight years ago, was moving from New Zealand to Australia with the organ in her hand luggage.

She said she had to report her heart to officials in person because there was no «human remains» option on the arrivals card.

Ms Manning said she had «never felt so anxious» as she showed the now-pale organ in a vacuum-sealed bag to a border official.

Jessica Manning, 30, from New Zealand, revealed how she was recently stopped by airport security – as she was taking her old heart through customs.

The preserved heart (pictured) was kept with her after a life-saving double transplant in 2019 and was cleared after explaining her story

The preserved heart (pictured) was kept with her after a life-saving double transplant in 2019 and was cleared after explaining her story

«He didn’t quite know what to do with it, so he went to talk to his boss,» she said.

«I’m in tears now because the guy was as nice as he could be and I understand he was just being very careful.»

The teacher was detained for about an hour as border officials ruled out any health threat from the abnormal finding before letting her through.

“His main problem was that I had brought a new disease into the country and he didn’t want me to bring anything that would be a danger to Australia.

«But I’m glad it’s all cleared up and I’ve been allowed to continue my journey and still have my old heart with me.»

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Mrs Manning was born with congenital heart defects which led to numerous heart operations as a child and her heart failed at just 19 before her liver failed and three years later.

This eventually led to a full heart and liver transplant.

Airport security didn't know what to do when the woman arrived with a heart

Airport security didn’t know what to do when the woman arrived with a heart

She said staff wanted to rule out any cross-border health risks but let her continue her journey after revealing her story and past medical history.

She said staff wanted to rule out any cross-border health risks but let her continue her journey after revealing her story and past medical history.

She said: ‘I had a heart failure when I was 19. And then, when I was 22, I was diagnosed with liver disease. The liver disease was caused by a procedure I had when I was three years old.

“In December 2016 I was assessed for a heart and liver transplant but as it had not been done in New Zealand or Australia for someone born with heart problems it took them a long time to decide if it was something they were willing to do make. risk.

“I was put on the transplant list in April 2017 and waited 16 months for a transplant.

The teacher revealed that New Zealand is one of the few countries in the world that allows transplant patients to keep their discarded organs.

She explained that indigenous Maori cultures strongly believe that you should be buried the same way you were brought into this world.

“So we have a choice to keep our organs to bury them with us, to be buried fully.

Originally from New Zealand, Jessica was born with six heart defects that led to multiple heart surgeries as an adult.

Originally from New Zealand, Jessica was born with six heart defects that led to multiple heart surgeries as an adult.

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Jessica shown as a newborn after doctors discovered she had heart problems

Jessica shown as a newborn after doctors discovered she had heart problems

“I’m not Maori but I still think that belief is really cool, but I actually donated both my organs to medical research and science, that’s why I don’t have a liver because she went to university for liver studies. cirrhosis.’

However, this was not the last time she saw her heart.

“About 10 months later they called me saying they no longer needed my heart and asked if I wanted it back.

“I said yes because I wanted to bury it on a piece of land that meant something to me, so maybe the first house I buy, and then I wanted to plant a tree on top.



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