Four years ago, my doctor told me I have Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

It has been quite the adventure. Four years ago, my doctor told me I have Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

My lung function was deteriorating and I will need a lung transplant. Two years ago my wife and I relocated to Durham to prep for the transplant and wait for a donor lung. Thanks to the kindness of a stranger, the hard work of the doctors and staff at Duke, and the support of my family, I was wheeled out of the hospital on February 5, 2018 with a donated lung. The Duke rehab team had me walking and exercising. I was allowed to return home in late March. Now I now am able to do the things I enjoyed before surgery, such as golf, fishing and traveling with my wife, as well as the things I didn’t enjoy, such as yard work and house repairs. Best of all, I  get to spend precious time with my family and attend my precious grand childrens’ birthday parties.

George – Transplanted on 1-18-2018

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A lung transplant transforms lives affected by diseases such as cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis and COPD. These diseases affect more than 15 million Americans and are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Rejection rates for lung transplant recipients are worse than that of any transplanted organ. We want to change that through funding research to stop all lung transplant rejection. We can’t do it alone. We invite you to help people like George. Make a donation or learn more about how you can be involved.