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May 14, 2014

Miracle Patient Overcomes Unique Challenges to Receive Double Lung Transplant

By Paul Scotti Paul Scotti

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 3, 2014

Twin Sisters Share Many Things in Life, Including New Lungs

By Paul Scotti Paul Scotti

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 15, 2014

From the Alaskan Woods to Top of the Transplant List

By SMHNadmin SMHNadmin

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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August 7, 2013

Florida Double Lung Transplant Recipients ‘Pay it Forward’

By Mystery User

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 John McGill, a friend of […]

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Tags: 3790, 5314, 5324, 5334, Florida, Gabriel House of Care, lung transplant, MayoClinicFL, pulmonary, Transplant


July 19, 2013

Harmonica Helps Pulmonary and Lung-Transplant Patients Breath Easier

By Lauren Venoy Lauren Venoy

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 in 2002 with idiopathic pulmonary […]

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Tags: 3790, 5254, 5314, 5324, 5334, cardiothoracic, cardiovascular, Cesar Keller, Florida, Harmonica, Larry Rawdon, lung transplant


February 19, 2013

An Unexpected Miracle from Down the Hallway

By Anonymous5943 Anonymous5943

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, mother of two was first […]

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November 24, 2012

Double-lung transplant leaves man breathing easy

By Margaret Shepard Margaret Shepard

Double-lung transplant patient Jorge Bacardi honors his donor and touches the lives of countless transplant patients by helping to establish Gabriel House of Care.

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Tags: 3790, 5324, ciliary dyskinesia, Jorge Bacardi, lung transplant, Mayo Clinic


June 1, 2009

“Music is oxygen for the soul”

By CSMMayo CSMMayo

When Mayo Clinic lung transplant patient Larry Rawdon heard the Ritz Chamber Players perform on the Florida campus, he was captivated. As a retired cellist who played on Broadway in shows such as Cats, he has a deep appreciation for the power of music and what it can do to lift a person’s spirits. “Music […]

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Tags: Humanities in Medicine, lung transplant, Mayo Clinic Florida, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, music


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