Sunday, April 20, 2008

Today is the six-year anniversary of my lung transplant

Im off to Toronto General Hospital early tomorrow for the six-year assessment of my single left-lung transplant. I will be forever grateful and thankful to all those who made it possible for me to have a second chance at life. I was in end stage repiratory failure due to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis with little hope for the future. I say silent thanks each day for my donor and donor family, for my surgeon Dr. Shaf Keshavjee and his lung transplant team and for the entire staff at Toronto General who were so wonderful to me. I'm also very thankful to the staff of Trillium Gift of Life Network in Ontario for promoting organ donation and coordinating with critical care staff and donor families in our hospitals.

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Amy Mathers said...

Congrats Merv! How'd you celebrate your anniversary?

Merv Sheppard said...

Hi Amy. It's nice to hear from you and I hope all is well. Thanks for your best wishes. I celebrated my 6-year anniversary by having dinner at my brother's restaurant in Brantford on the way home from TGH. Take care, Merv.