Dying Mother, Ashley Harris Moore, Sends Out A Plea For New Lungs, ‘Without A Transplant I Will Die’ [Video]

A mother is in need of a double lung transplant so she can live and watch her baby boy grow up. She is desperately hoping for “the greatest gift anyone could give.”

Ashley Harris Moore suffers from cystic fibrosis. Unfortunately, Ashley and her family is seeing her health rapidly deteriorate in the last 12 months — she desperately needs new lungs.

The Mirror reports Ashley had just 16 percent lung capacity and she is now dependent on an electric machine to provide oxygen 24 hours a day, according to recent tests that were performed on the 34-year-old’s lungs.

Ashley and her husband Alistair, 34, experienced difficulty in starting a family. For six years they tried to have a child and were fortunate to welcome the birth of baby Emerson in June last year after her sister-in-law acted as surrogate.

Ashley Harris Moore And Alistair
Ashley Harris Moore and her husband Alistair. (Photo courtesy of Ashley Harris Moore/Facebook)

Ashley is originally from Texas but she currently lives in London, England.

Ashley talks about her struggles trying to be a good mother in a Daily Mirror interview.

“He’s a gorgeous little thing, very bright and happy and I know he’s going to be my only baby. We had about three or four months together at home after he was born but I began sliding. I wasn’t bouncing back after each hospital stay and I had to come in permanently.

Ashley’s shared more of her concerns of how her deteriorating lungs and health hamper her ability to be the mother she longs to be.

“It’s very frustrating as I already feel like I’m missing so much. Things like taking him to the park and pushing him on the swings, picking him up and carrying him around, laying down with him without the machines. I just want to be his mum.”

Alistair and Ashley first met at a university summer school in London. They married in April 2005. She worked for a mobile health company, and through exercise and diet she was able to manage the condition.

However, her health began to worsen around a year ago, her lungs worsened to the point where she needs to be on machines to help her breathe. In April, doctors placed Ashley on the lung transplant list.

Not knowing when a lung donor may arrive or how long she has left to wait, Ashley describes her life as an agonizing “lottery.”

Some disturbing statistics make her longing and anticipation worse.

According to Cystic Fibrosis Trust, one in three people with the disease die while waiting for a transplant. The charity also cites 30 percent of people are currently signed up as organ donors, even though 80 percent have thought about it.

Of those 80 percent, only half of the would-be donors told their families, which means their wishes could go unheeded after they die.