CBC News Ottawa
Double-lung-transplant recipient and online-organ-donation crusader Hélène Campbell celebrated her 21st birthday on Wednesday after a week her family described as a "roller coaster ride."
On Saturday, Campbell took to Twitter to announce she is breathing on her own for the first time after she underwent a double-lung transplant on April 6.
But in an update on Wednesday, her mother Manon said Campbell was again hooked to a ventilator on Sunday after she experienced trouble breathing.
Manon Campbell said in a post on her daughter's A Lung Story website that doctors have decided to perform a tracheostomy — a surgical hole in her throat — to facilitate chest physiotherapy, deep breathing, coughing and suctioning.
She also said her daughter is taking antibiotics for a lung infection and is also being treated with extra doses of steroids for an early onset of rejection, which she said is not uncommon for transplant patients.
Campbell continues 'to be positive'
"Despite the medical ups and down, Hélène continues to participate very actively in her care," wrote Manon Campbell.
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