Our mission is to improve the lives of lung transplant patients and their families.

Getting the call

Topics:


When you get a call about a potential match, you will be asked to go to the hospital and wait. During this time, you will have several blood tests and a dose of anti-rejection medicine, and you may be given an anti-microbial soap with which to bathe. Meanwhile, several tests will be run on the donor and the organs themselves to guarantee viability. If, for whatever reason, the organ is not viable, this is known as a “dry run.”

You also may experience a dry run if you are called in as a back-up patient and the patient ahead of you is able to receive the lungs. If this happens, the hospital will send you home to wait for the next call. If the organ is viable and a good match for you, then the team of nurses, anesthesiologists and other hospital staff will prepare you for surgery. They will start an IV, give you consent forms to sign, and then take you to the operating room.

The very end of a patient’s time on the list before undergoing a transplant can be both a time of anticipation and excitement but also anxiety and fear. You may have time to reflect on what is about to happen, and you will be able to lay down the burden of being so sick.

related resources

Sign up for updates
Join our community and receive the latest news about lung transplant, including research, inspiring stories, and resources.
Make a donation
Your tax-deductible donation brings us closer to creating a world where all lung transplant patients live long, healthy lives.
The Lung Transplant Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Provide Website Feedback
Site Design by:
The Design Booth

Disclaimer: This website does not provide medical advice. The information, including but not limited to text, graphics, images, and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment before undertaking any new health care regimen. Never disregard any professional medical advice or delay in seeking care because of something you have read on this website.

Terms of Use