Tag: lung disease

New lungs, new life

New lungs, new life

In November 2015, Steve Nix, then 46, started feeling tired all the time and had difficulty catching his breath, but he considered these things minor problems and didn’t think much about them. Then his symptoms got much worse and couldn’t be ignored.
Nix says he reached a point when he couldn’t complete even the easiest

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Milestone year for lung transplant at Barnes-Jewish

Milestone year for lung transplant at Barnes-Jewish

Last year was a very good year for lung transplant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Usually, the program averages about 55 transplants a year. But in 2011, Washington University surgeons performed 75 transplant procedures – the most in the program’s 23-year history.
Why the big jump?
It was a combination of having both a large number of donor organs available and

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Courageous breath: Tom Nate and family’s courageous lung transplant journey (part 2)

Courageous breath: Tom Nate and family’s courageous lung transplant journey (part 2)

Texan Tom Nate’s rare hereditary condition, Kartagener’s syndrome, led to
his first lung transplant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 2007. But he soon developed chronic rejection and once again had to go on the transplant waiting list. He, his wife, Irma, and their young son, Joshua, moved back to St. Louis in December 2008 to wait for donor lungs.
On

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Courageous breath: Tom Nate and family’s amazing lung transplant journey

Courageous breath: Tom Nate and family’s amazing lung transplant journey

Every transplant story is remarkable. But some are more dramatic than
others. The story of Tom Nate’s journey through two transplants and the courage shown by Tom, his wife Irma and son Joshua is especially inspiring – and not just for transplant patients.
Over the next several days, we’ll post Tom’s story and photos taken

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Helping lung transplant patients catch their breath

Helping lung transplant patients catch their breath

What better way to celebrate the ability to breathe than taking a walk in the
park?
Most people don’t even realize that if they can breathe freely , they should celebrate. But the people behind Second Wind not only celebrate it themselves, they help others who are struggling to breathe.
Second Wind is a group

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Need a new liver? Just print it off.

Need a new liver? Just print it off.

When I first heard about doctors “printing” new organs, I thought it was some kind of joke. Turns out, it’s real and it’s one of a couple of very exciting avenues of research in the news lately using patients’ own cells to build replacement organs.
The Washington Post just ran a story on doctors using 3-D printer technology

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