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July 17th, 2017

The Sky’s the Limit for College Freshman After Double-Lung Transplant

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

Thanks to a double-lung transplant at Mayo Clinic, Logan McCaskill is breathing easier and on her way to a healthier future.

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Tags: cystic fibrosis, Dr. David Erasmus, Dr. Francisco Alvarez, lung transplant, Lung Transplant Program, organ donation


August 5th, 2016

Double Lung Transplant Recipient Beats Cystic Fibrosis to Become A Running and Fitness Enthusiast

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

When Tammy Bolerjack was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age 18, she found herself frequently in and out of hospitals for treatments to help her breathe. Running 5K races and half-marathons certainly wasn’t something she envisioned in her future. Little did she know then that eventually a double lung transplant at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus would […]

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Tags: cystic fibrosis, Emergency medicine, Florida Campus, lung transplant, organ donation


August 4th, 2016

Mayo Clinic’s First Lung Transplant Recipient in Florida Makes Most of Every Moment for 15 Years and Counting

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When Richard Oppelt arrived at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus in early 2001, his lung capacity was minimal – only 21 percent of what it should have been. A sandblaster for 24 years, Richard, from Melbourne, Florida, had developed silicosis, a lung disease caused by breathing in silica dust, which can damage the lining of the […]

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Tags: Dr. Cesar Kellar, Florida Campus, lung transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, Silicosis


March 31st, 2016

Lung Cancer Patient Survives With Help of Novel Procedure, Celebrates Next Generation of Innovation

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Raegan Cury didn’t worry at first when she developed a cough in early 2002 that wouldn’t go away. She was a healthy young woman, athletic, a former gymnast, and her initial chest X-ray showed what looked like pneumonia. Even her husband, a pulmonologist, wasn’t too worried, until she received a surprising diagnosis. “I never thought […]

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Tags: Dr. Cesar Keller, Florida Campus, lung cancer, lung transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, Raegan Cury


August 12th, 2015

Cystic Fibrosis Patient Says Double Lung Transplant Transformed His Life

By Paul Scotti pscotti

Nobody knows better than Jon Jantomaso how precious every breath can be. The 49-year-old realtor from Seminole, Florida, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 2 months of age, and for the first 12 years of his life slept in a mist filled tent to help him breath and clear the mucus from his lungs. He […]

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Tags: cystic fibrosis, Florida Campus, lung transplant


August 25th, 2014

Physician Experiences the Mayo “Patient Experience” After Double Lung Transplant

By Paul Scotti pscotti

When a doctor suddenly becomes the patient with a life-threatening illness, Mayo Clinic’s commitment to high-quality medical care that puts the needs of the patient first takes on fresh perspective, especially as it relates to the principle of compassionate care, which is a hallmark of Mayo Clinic. Such was the case when Joseph J. Tepas III, M.D., a 68-year-old pediatric […]

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Tags: Katie Caples, Katie Ride for Life, lung transplant, MayoClinicFL, Pulmonary Fibrosis


June 30th, 2014

Nicole’s Journey From Nurse to Transplant Patient and Back

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

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 cells that produce mucus, sweat […]

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Tags: cystic fibrosis, Dr. Mark Wylam, lung transplant, nursing, Patient Stories, Transplant


May 14th, 2014

Miracle Patient Overcomes Unique Challenges to Receive Double Lung Transplant

By Paul Scotti pscotti

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 with cystic fibrosis, an inherited […]

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Tags: Curtis Higgons, cystic fibrosis, lung transplant, Mayo Clinic Florida, Patient Story, transplantation


April 3rd, 2014

Twin Sisters Share Many Things in Life, Including New Lungs

By Paul Scotti pscotti

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 Pensacola, Fla., are active women […]

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Tags: lung transplant, MayoClinicFL, Transplant, transplantation


January 15th, 2014

From the Alaskan Woods to Top of the Transplant List

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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 while. But one day a […]

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