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5 April 2018

Transplant patient aims to publish 'Now What Can I Eat?' cookbook

28-year-old Cystic Fibrosis patient Pippa Kent underwent a double lung transplant at Royal Papworth Hospital last April.

Before her operation, Pippa described herself as a complete foodie; spending most of her wages on cookbooks and eating out, and even working in food PR. However, soon after her surgery, she was given a list of foods she could no longer have and was advised on the ways she had to be careful when eating.

“I looked online and found nothing to help make eating fun for people in my position,” she said. “I also discovered just how many people were affected by this - not just from transplants but because of a whole host of issues.”

Pippa decided she wanted to create a cookbook full of delicious recipes, all 100% immune suppression friendly. So far she’s managed to secure support from a growing list of chefs and restaurants, including Rick Stein, Gizzi Erskine and Leon, as well as some of the staff here at Royal Papworth. 

She has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the project: “The aim is to create a book which can sit among other 'normal' cookbooks, look just as great and become a staple resource within your kitchen - whether you're cooking for someone who is immune suppressed or not.”

Pippa has also said she will donate some of the money raised to a number of charities important to her, including the Papworth Hospital Charity.

If you would like to support Pippa, you can back the project here.