ANNE KELLY, THE RECORD
KITCHENER, Ontario - Apr 13, 2007
Dana Trude had no idea she was dying. The same day she was called to Toronto General Hospital to receive a new heart and lungs, the 45-year-old Kitchener mother worked a full day in her job as an administrative support person at K-W Habilitation Services.
"I felt great," Trude recalls, while recovering at home from the rare procedure done Dec. 12.
So the petite organ recipient was shocked to hear recently from a psychiatric nurse at the hospital, that her life was slipping away before her transplant.
"It was devastating. I had no clue I was actually dying," she says. "I didn't realize, I guess, that I was always gasping for air. ''
Trude was one of just four people who received a double lung and heart transplant in 2006 at Toronto General.
The hospital, which performed the first heart-lung transplant in Canada in 1985, is the only transplant centre in Ontario that does the surgery.
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