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Hélène Campbell vows to keep up advocacy after double lung transplant

Hélène Campbell, a double-lung transplant recipient and online organ donation crusader, is shown in a handout photo from April 18, 2012.Doctors caring for an Ottawa woman who generated star support for organ donation say the 21-year-old is doing well after her double-lung transplant.

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Double-lung transplant recipient and organ donor advocate Hélène Campbell says she's not done with her cause now that she has her voice back.

Ms. Campbell says she thanks the family who donated her new lungs every day for the gift of life and will never take that gift for granted.

She says it's a little raspy, but she has a voice again and is able to breathe. And, she says, "that for me is a miracle."

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Ms. Campbell and her parents demonstrated her recovery today by doing a dance she hopes will become a signature move for organ donation.

She says she developed the dance, which involves waving her arms and moving side to side, in Spain last year before she was diagnosed with degenerative lung disease.

Ms. Campbell spoke to reporters at Toronto General Hospital, where her life-saving surgery was performed on April 6.

The 21-year-old from Ottawa became the unofficial face of organ donation in Canada after attracting celebrity endorsements for her cause, including from Justin Bieber and Ellen DeGeneres.

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