Friday, April 06, 2012

Hélène Campbell in operating room for double-lung transplant

Hélène Campbell, the organ donor crusader who captured world-wide attention when her efforts caught the attention and support of Justin Bieber, Ellen DeGeneres and other celebrities, is having her lung transplant today at Toronto General Hospital.

Our best wishes go to Hélène and her family for a successful surgery and a wonderful new start in life.

Hélène has the same disease as I had, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, and having my transplant ten years ago was a transforming experience and life has never been better for me. I hope she has the same optimal outcome.

Keep updated on her progress as Hélène's family provides live updates on her blog, A Lung Story.

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