Lung Transplant

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.

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.

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.

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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