In June 2016, I was a full time employee, lived with a roommate and was hanging out with my friends on the weekend. Things like doing laundry and walking just a block were becoming increasingly more difficult and with 28% lung function I knew transplant was in my future. But with a fighter attitude, I […]
Six years ago, on April 18, 2012 I received the ultimate gift – a healthy set of lungs. This is my transplant story and finally, an open letter to my donor Chris who gave me a second chance at life. On April 17th I was called to Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) in New York […]
My dad, Sam Wydner, had a life-extending lung transplant at Columbia University Medical Center/NY Presbyterian on February 20, 2015. I remember the date well, because when I saw him on February 19, he was struggling for breath even with 50 liters of oxygen. I really thought it would be the last time I saw him […]
I remember it well. It was in February of 2009, when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. After a successful surgery, I noticed that I was experiencing shortness of breath and was rushed into surgery to find I had a very rare form of lung disease. Dr. Arcasoy agreed to treat me in January 2010, […]
I was never a healthy person, never knew the sensation of breathing fine, but when the doctors removed the tubes and I start breathing with my new lungs, the feeling was indescribable…
It is impossible to predict the future and life as we know it can change dramatically in an instant….
I wanted to write this letter and share my story with you, not only to share my deepest heartfelt emotion, but also so that you know and believe that your loved one did not lose her life in vain…
In 2011 I noticed that my breathing was getting more and more difficult. I chalked it up to being overweight. Two years later, I was scheduled to receive a lung transplant. On August 4th, 2013, we got the call. It took 8 E oxygen tanks for for me to make the three and a half hour drive…..
Eight years ago, I was an active guy. I had a great family and I was skiing, sailing, hiking and running a summer camp. At the time, I had no idea what pulmonary fibrosis was, and if someone had told me I would soon be on the waiting list for a lung transplant, I would have said they were crazy…
After her first double lung transplant failed, Susan Koujak underwent a second transplant. Following that miracle, she made the extraordinary decision to become a mother and went on to gave birth to a healthy baby.