As Mike Schuh explains, she’s lucky to be alive after her local doctors had given up hope.
At age 12, Victoria ‘Torry’ Chakwin knew something was wrong. She couldn’t breathe, tired easily, and ran out of energy. Her mother took her to doctors all over the country looking for an answer.
It turns out she was developing idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a disease that can be seen in people of any age, but is more common in those who are 70+ and smoke. For reasons the medical community does not completely understand, her lungs became filled with fibrous masses, retained fluids and lost their ability to process oxygen.