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Airlift woman has successful op

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The helicopter flew to the ship 50 miles off the coast. Video: Royal Navy.

A woman who was airlifted from a ship off the Cornish coast is recovering after a successful kidney transplant.

Judy Stockwell, in her 60s, was on the Queen Victoria liner, 50 miles (80km) from the Lizard, when doctors called to say a kidney was available.

She had to quickly get to a hospital in Cambridgeshire, so a helicopter from RNAS Culdrose came to her rescue.

The operation took about 10 hours but seems to have been a success and Mrs Stockwell had a comfortable night.

Mrs Stockwell, who had been on a waiting list for two years, said: "The kidney is working well and it's all OK so far."

The RNAS Culdrose helicopter winched Mrs Stockwell and her husband off the liner and flew her to Luton airport.

She was then taken to hospital by ambulance.



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