Lung Transplant

Michelle Gilchrist, NFT President

Andy Meek of The Daily News sits down with NFT president, Michelle Gilchrist, to talk about NFT's future expansion plans.  Gilchrist discusses the next chapter for the organization and the rebranding efforts which will lead to NFT becoming more visible in the community.  "The big work we want to be able to do is going to require more than just us doing it. That’s just the reality,” Gilchrist said.

September 1, 2016
Maira Junaid

As a baby, Maira was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF), a devastating disease that has taken its toll on her lung over the years. In 2014, one of her lungs collapsed, and her family moved to Texas from Pakistan so she could receive the treatment and care she needs. Little Maira has spent most of her life in the hospital, and now doctors say a double-lung transplant is critical to her survival.

Thomas Prince

In 2005, Thomas Prince was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, which caused severe inflammation in his lungs. Doctors now say a lung transplant is critical to his survival.

Kristen Jackson

In 2000, Kristen Jackson was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, a disease that caused inflammation in her lungs. Doctors say a double-lung transplant is critical, and she was recently added to the transplant waiting list.

Robert Jackson

For as long as he can remember, Robert Jackson has suffered from breathing problems, and he was recently diagnosed with sarcoidosis, a disease causing inflammation in his lungs. Doctors say a double-lung transplant is critical to his survival.

Dawn Gann

In 1997, Dawn Gann was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, which has significantly damaged her lung capacity. Doctors say a double-lung transplant is essential to her survival.

October 14, 2014

Karen Ettinger and her twin brother, Kevin, share a special bond, and they went through every step of Karen's transplant journey together.

Kwesi Aguillera

When Kwesi was just 18 months old, he was hospitalized with pneumonia. No one knew the cause, and he was eventually discharged after recovering from the illness. Little did his family know that this bout with pneumonia would be the beginning of a lifetime of health battles.

October 25, 2013

At just 6 weeks old, Vera Letendre Heuer, of Bowdoin, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF).

April 25, 2013

Kayla Gilbert

At just 2 months old, Kayla Gilbert was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF). The illness severely damaged her lungs, and she received a double-lung transplant in 2008. Sadly, her new lungs went into rejection, and she found herself once again awaiting a double-lung transplant.

Moksha Colotelo

Moksha has experienced breathing difficulties related to allergies and asthma since childhood. In her early 30s, she was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), mainly bronchiectasis, but doctors don’t know why she developed the condition. Testing has also shown that she suffers from other lung disorders including evidence of fibrosis and sarcoidosis. A double-lung transplant is essential to her survival.

Sabrina Yoder

In 2004, Sabrina went to the hospital because she thought she was having a heart attack.   

June 20, 2012

GALVESTON — Lung-transplant recipient Mike Bright wound up back at John Sealy Hospital a year after surgery. He wanted it that way.

“I have a lot of people to thank,” said Bright, 60, an aerospace manager from League City. “My nurses, my doctors, all of the staff — they took care of me like my mother would have.”

April 25, 2012

Phill Locke

When Phill Locke's telephone rang Halloween evening, the caller said, "This is not a trick."

And for that, Locke was thankful.

Diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, Locke, 51, of Collier Township, knew his life was limited, not only in physical movement, but also in length. Locke was dying and without a double lung transplant, he knew death was just weeks, or perhaps days, away.

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