Twins John and Marie Wright, both suffering cystic fibrosis since infancy, had succumbed to the disease and died 3 days apart from each other. They were 23. Their health had both been on a decline for the last 5 years.
Cystic Fibrosis, also known as mucoviscidosis, is a genetic condition that affects majorly the lungs, as well as pancreas, liver, kidneys and intestines. This condition causes thin bodily fluids to become thick. These thick fluids cause blocked passageways to the pancreas and the lungs.
Marie Wright had died on April 8 due to complications that sprung up after the lung transplant – an infection due to portacath, a small medical appliance that is embedded in the skin that is used as a passageway for drugs to be injected to the body and blood samples can be taken from the body; and aneurysm – a narrowed, blood-filled balloon-like swell in the wall of a blood vessel. John Wright died 3 days later on April 11.
Margaret Wright, 53, said that the twins were very close and when she learned that her daughter died, she knew that her son is not far behind. John, before his death, had been on palliative care for a year.
She continued on saying that both have a great sense of humor and while her daughter Marie had been a social butterfly, her brother had been a withdrawn individual.
The twin’s death followed the death of Sabrina, the eldest of the Wright children after battling Leukemia in 2005. In 2013, Marie had cut her hair in her sister’s memory and raised a total of $ 1,600 for cystic fibrosis and cancer charities.