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Nicole’s Journey From Nurse to Transplant Patient and Back

When Nicole Jahns was just five months old, her parents – and her doctors – knew something was wrong. She wasn't gaining weight like a five-month-old should, and she wasn't, as her doctors put it, "thriving." They soon discovered why. Nicole had cystic fibrosis, an inherited disorder that affects the [...]

Created by Hoyt Finnamore

Miracle Patient Overcomes Unique Challenges to Receive Double Lung Transplant

To 22-year-old double lung transplant recipient Curtis Higgons, being dubbed the “miracle patient” by his physicians may seem somewhat overstated. But when you consider the medical challenges his doctors had to contend with in preparing him for a life-saving double lung transplant, his moniker may be well deserved. Curtis was born [...]

Created by Paul Scotti

Twin Sisters Share Many Things in Life, Including New Lungs

It’s often said that twins share similar traits and have unique bonds that other siblings simply don’t have. Sometimes those traits are things one would rather not share with their twin, especially when it comes to a potentially life-threatening medical condition. Linda Foster and Brenda Santinelli, 60-year-old twin sisters from [...]

Created by Paul Scotti

From the Alaskan Woods to Top of the Transplant List

The first sign something was wrong came when Dennis Chavez was out hunting caribou with his wife, Maria. The Wasilla, Alaska, native suddenly found that he couldn’t cover ground like he used to. He quickly became winded — much more quickly than he expected. He ignored the signs for a [...]

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Florida Double Lung Transplant Recipients ‘Pay it Forward’

When Richard Oppelt of Melbourne, Fla., became the first lung-transplant program patient at Mayo Clinic in Florida in June 2001, he never thought that 12 years later he’d be helping someone else with the same situation deal with his recovery. But that’s exactly what Oppelt did in Dec. 2012 when he heard [...]

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Harmonica Helps Pulmonary and Lung-Transplant Patients Breath Easier

After surviving two separate lung transplant procedures in 2005 and 2008, musician Larry Rawdon is sharing new ways of healing through music with other patients at Mayo Clinic in Florida. It was, after all, music that led him to Mayo Clinic and aided in his recovery after he was diagnosed [...]

Created by Lauren Venoy

An Unexpected Miracle from Down the Hallway

Sometimes miracles happen when you least expect them. No one believes that more than Fleming Island, Florida resident Shirley Thompson, whose tale of how she received two new lungs while in a medically induced coma at Mayo Clinic hospital in Florida isn’t exactly the typical scenario. The 48-year old married, [...]

Created by Paul Scotti

Double-lung transplant leaves man breathing easy

Christopher Mark Gregory registered as an organ donor at age 16. At 19 he lost his life, suddenly, because of a brain aneurysm. Because of Christopher's decision to donate, 63-year-old Jorge Bacardi received a lifesaving double-lung transplant for his lifelong primary ciliary dyskinesia — and with it, his first-ever full [...]

Created by Margaret Shepard

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