Siblings Get Rare Lung Transplants

July 6, 2017
Siblings Get Rare Lung Transplants

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Stanford, CA is the only hospital on the West coast to perform lung transplants on children. According to their website, in the last 30 years, they’ve only done 25 of the surgeries which includes the latest two on the Diaz siblings, a boy and a girl, at 8 and 9 years of age.

Big sister, Doris Diaz, now 11 was the first to receive her transplant at the age of 8. Both children were born with a severe form of cystic fibrosis that caused early failure of their lungs. As her brother health declined, she was there to offer him love and encouragement.

‘When David would cough, or his lips would turn purple, or when he started to cry, Doris was scared,’ recalls Corina, the children’s mother. ‘She would say to me, ‘Every day he seems worse than me.’ But to David, she said, ‘David please be faithful. Remember how I looked before? Look at me now.’’

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Photo courtesy of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford