Los Altos Town Crier | Diego Abeloos
Call it the end of one road and the start of another.
Sharlie Kaltenbach, 33, a cystic fibrosis patient who moved to Los Altos to receive a double-lung and heart transplant in February, is heading back home.
The San Diego native and her family will depart Los Altos and move back to her two-story home east of Carlsbad May 25. Kaltenbach told the Town Crier that heading home to friends and family in Southern California also means a return to normal life, something she’s looking forward to experiencing once again.
“There’s something special about that normalcy,” said Kaltenbach, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as an infant. “I’m really excited just to have a new start in our home and to be able to take care of it.”
Awaiting the call
The Kaltenbachs moved to Los Altos last September and waited for the Feb. 15 call from Stanford Hospital, notifying them that a donor’s organs had become available.
Now more than three months removed from surgery, Kaltenbach said leaving Los Altos is “bittersweet” for husband Ryan and their 5-year-old son Harrison.
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