HEART swap wonder Anthony Clarke has a double celebration on the cards.
For the student, who amazed doctors with his rapid recovery after a lifesaving op, is celebrating the fifth anniversary of his transplant and his 30th birthday!
Anthony, who lives with parents Jean and Roy in Dowry Street, Accrington, said: "I'm feeling great. I have just had my check-up and everything is fine. I can't believe it's five years since I had the transplant.''
Anthony underwent the nine-hour transplant at the world-famous Harefield Hospital in Middlesex. Internationally renowned heart surgeon Magdi Yacoub and a top team of medics performed the operation, which saved Anthony and transformed his life.
Born in Germany, Anthony had his first operation when he was just 24 years old. He was airlifted to London to undergo surgery at Chelsea's Brompton Hospital. After that he underwent numerous operations in a bid to improve his condition, but he was eventually told only a transplant could save him.
After his vital op, Anthony made a swift recovery and soon after was back home and studying at Accrington and Rossendale College.
Computer whizz Anthony, who will be celebrating his 30th with a huge party for family and friends next month, said: "I am really looking forward to it. There was a time when I never would have been able to do anything like this. I intend to enjoy every minute!''