Kw-logo-smaller

65 Red Roses :: Every Breath Counts

Eva Markoot is the star of 65 Red Roses, a documentary film based on the real-life story of Eva’s quest for a double-lung transplant. Find out more about this movie, which is becoming an international sensation, as well as about Eva and why more people should become organ donors.

Cystic Fibrosis

You may wonder why anyone, especially anyone as young as Eva, would need a double-lung transplant. Well, in Eva’s case, it was because she suffered from a condition called cystic fibrosis, which left her gasping for breath.

In fact, difficulty breathing is the most serious symptom of the disease. It results from lung infections that can be treated but not cured (yet). Because there is no cure for cystic fibrosis, most people who have it die at a pretty young age (many in their 20s or 30s) because their lungs don’t work properly.


Lung Transplant

In the film 65 Red Roses, Eva does eventually get her double-lung transplant. A new set of lungs means that Eva’s dreams of living a full life and becoming an actress may come true. When she gets her new lungs in the movie, Eva says she’s literally been given the gift of life. That’s why becoming an organ donor – someone who agrees that, if anything bad ever happens to them they want to donate their working organs to a sick person who may need them – is so important to so many people.

But after the cameras stopped rolling, Eva’s battle with her disease continued. Within two years of receiving her new lungs, her body started to reject them (this sometimes happens when one person’s organs are transplanted into another person’s body). Eva was put on a list to receive yet another set of lungs. But as time ticked on she got sicker and sicker and it once again became harder and harder for her to breathe.

Eva’s Poem

Lying in her hospital bed on the morning of March 25, 2010, Eva wrote this poem for her blog:

i'm at that point now i'm done with the poetics asking for help
my sister is helping me write actually helping me write
the medications have been piling up
they are taking their toll
i am supersaturated with medications
i've been medically missing
in action for two days
the docs started taking me off some of them to see how i would manage and i am not managing not managing at all
i'm drowning in the medications
i can't breathe every hour once an hour i can't breathe
something has to change

Two days later Eva died. She was 25 years old. You can learn more about 65 Red Roses, Eva, cystic fibrosis and organ donation by visiting www.65redroses.com.

For more information about Cystic Fibrosis please visit Breathe 4 Tomorrow's website at http://www.breathe4tomorrow.org .

DVD presales are available until the end of May for the film. in Canada & US please visit www.65redroses.com

Eva Markoot
Eva Markoot
Related Stories:
>
>

readers voted!

Comments

lillyflower637
That's sad. I wish I could've helped somehow...
commented: Sat Sep 07, 2013

rithma

rithma wrote:

hi yall im back lol
commented: Sat Aug 10, 2013

rithma

rithma wrote:

really sad
commented: Sun Jul 21, 2013

there are 52 more comments

Please login or register to add comments

share with your friends


Twitter Facebook Myspace Digg


like this article?
get more just like it in your email

F1140558168296

Number of Breaths You Take Every Day?

  • 15,400.
  • 21,600.
  • 33,500.
  • 47,200.

related stories

Micro_mental health-micro
World Mental Health Day was created by the World Health Organization to promote awareness and und...
Micro_organs-micro
There are over 100,000 people waiting for transplants. Only 77 people a day actually receive a tr...
Micro_lungs-micro
You can breathe up to 36,000 times a day without even thinking about it. Isn't it about time you ...
Micro_asthma_3-micor
Have you ever been runnin' along with buds, when suddenly you can't catch your breath? You might ...

latest videos

Dear Dish-It in the forums

twyla215
twyla215 posted in Family Issues:
"just for fun" wrote:Dear Dash-It and Friends,(this is my sissys account..we both use it)I'm a girl of course.. And I've got 13 this july 03.. and the thhing is I don't feel like my growth is perfect for my age! I'm really skinny.. I like being skinny! 'Cause my body looks great! And any boys could be impressed by my body! ;)My hight is only 4'8!! A 13 years old girl is only 4'8!! yeah I feel really sad! As for my cousin she's 5'3 and she's skinny too but she's tall!! I feel bad when she bullies me..So Is there a quick way for me to get tall in 1 month?yes the white stuff is normal its dischargeAlso I haven't started my period. I get white gloomy stuffs that smells funny. And I haven't talked to my mom or anyone about it yet. I'm really ashamed..but is this normal?And I think my ###### are not normal for my "puny" I mean small height or body! Their growing and growing! Their size is 29!! I'm feeling guilty! Is there any exercises to make them smaller?Thats that help me....
reply about 3 hours
LollipopR
LollipopR posted in Style:
Longish light brown wavy hair with natural blonde streaks. It's natural i don't dye my hair
reply about 6 hours
rainbowloomer13
I am homeschooled and a little bit lonely.....but I still have lots of friends. and great family!!
reply about 9 hours
HeHasRisen
HeHasRisen posted in Style:
Dear  Dish-It I want to Impress my Boy Friend by wearing a sleeveless top but the school has a stupid dress code that says: tanks must be 3 fingers wide, No Sleeveless tops!!!, Your skirts must be as long as your finger tips!!! If I don't follow all these rules then i will be suspended from school or sent home to get new clothes. What Should I Do?  ~SchoolDressCodeDisFollower~
reply about 9 hours
ILMDGRL
ILMDGRL posted in Style:
I nearly always wear jean shorts. As for tops its normally whats handed to me, but I've got a job so I have some spending money :)
reply 1 day

play online games

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

1515_gl_kidzworld_100x100_jpg_fz

Intriguing planets, weird and wonderful characters; challenge friends and find a...

100x100_ra_logo_girl

Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

_thumb_100x100

Shoot blobs with different properies to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be re...

_thumb_100x100

We have all played the famous game Sudoku, now play it online with this Classic ...