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Published By JP Valiulis on February 06, 2019

Personal Story - Medical Miracle for a Senior

A year ago my 77 year old mother was a model of health, walking 10,000 steps a day and exercising regularly. However, late last year she was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and her lung capacity began to decline quickly. Without a cure, the only solution was a lung transplant, but at 78 she would be one of the oldest people every to receive a transplant. It turns out that several programs in the country including Duke, Cleveland Clinic and University of Utah among others are increasing accepting patients over 70 years old.

After every conceivable test and 6 weeks of physical therapy my mother was accepted and put on the transplant list at Duke in Durham, NC. But that was over two months ago and her condition continued to worsen to the point she may not make it through the holidays. Early morning on December 1st she was called up and received a lung. After less than 48 hours she is out of intensive care and completing her walks up and down the hall. She has a long journey ahead, but an amazing achievement for her, my father and those who have cared for her. This has been quite a miracle for the family. I have never seen my parents so close in all their 57 years of marriage.

A wonderful start of the holidays and hopefully a sign of great things to come for seniors.


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