The family of Emily Icke have paid tribute to the ‘most courageous young woman’ after she died at the age of 25.
Emily, from Buckingham Park, Aylesbury, was born with cystic fibrosis and underwent a lung transplant operation in December 2013.
Sadly, after originally making good progress, her body rejected the new lungs and she died on Thursday night.
Her funeral will be held on June 18, on what would have been her and husband David’s fifth wedding anniversary.
Emily worked as a volunteer at the RSPCA Blackberry Farm Animal Centre in Quainton and also helped raise awareness of her condition through work for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and other related charities.
A family tribute reads: “We will never forget Emily, the most courageous young woman we have ever met.
“Emily had a double lung transplant on December 10, 2013 and for the most part of 2014 had a new lease of life and was able to do things she hadn’t been able to do for several years.
“Also during this year she helped raise awareness and funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and other connected charities and get the message out to the UK
through newspapers, national magazines and social media about the importance of people signing the NHS organ donor register, to give people like Emily the
chance of extended life.
“Sadly from January 2015 Emily’s body started to reject her new lungs and despite the best efforts of Harefield Hospital they were unable to stop this rejection.”
It adds: “Sadly our beautiful and very courageous Emily died on Thursday, June 11, 2015 in the same hospital that gave her extra life.
“We are greatful to the palliative care team at the Royal Brompton & Harefield for making Emily as comfortable as possible.
“Emily showed amazing courage to the end.
“Emily will be sadly missed by her beloved husband David, her family and many friends.
“She was an inspiration to us all.
“Gone but never forgotten.
“Rest in peace brave Emily.”
Emily’s funeral is being held at midday on Thursday, June 18 at St Paul and St Peter’s Church in Tring High Street, and all are welcome.
This will be followed by a private burial in Great Missenden followed by a reception for family and friends at The Oak in Green End Street, Aston Clinton between 3-6pm.
The family say donations to Emily’s favourite charities, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals charity and RSPCA South Bucks would be welcome.
Emily’s husband David is a former pupil at Tring School and a former member of football clubs Tring Tornadoes and Tring Corinthians.
David has set up a Virgin Money Giving page to enable people to donate online to any of the charities above visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/displaySomeoneSpecialPage.action?pageUrl=EmilyIcke