Monday, July 13, 2009

Lung transplant not a good match

I know many patients who have had several 'false alarms' after being called in for their lung transplant. It is a devastating experience after going through the exhilaration and excitement of receiving the call to rush to the hospital for a second chance at life. I've been through it and fortunately my donor lung was suitable for transplant. I know of one patient in England who had 11 false alarms before he finally got a suitable pair of lungs. Let's hope that Holly Bergo gets another call soon.

Holly, who is in her late 30's, has Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), a progressive disease that strikes women in the prime of their lives. It unleashes abnormal muscle cells on patients’ lung, where they form cysts and bore holes in healthy tissue. Read her story in my June 30th post.

June 9th - (WDAY TV) - Disappointing news tonight for Holly Bergo, she got the call today from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

A match had been found for a double-lung transplant, but tonight, friends of holly tell us it's not a good match.

Holly is battling a rare, incurable lung disease. Her only chance at survival is a transplant.

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