Photo: Dr. Vincent Valentine, Sherri Bright and her husband, Mike Bright, are reunited at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston one year after Mike’s successful lung transplant.
“I have a lot of people to thank,” said Bright, 60, an aerospace manager from League City. “My nurses, my doctors, all of the staff — they took care of me like my mother would have.”
Bright underwent a successful single-lung transplant on June 11, 2011, and returned exactly one year later along with his wife, Sherri, and a cake for his caregivers that read, “Thank you to an awesome team.” The Brights spent the afternoon on his ninth-floor ward, hugging personnel and passing out cake.
In January 2011, Bright sought help from physicians in Houston because of a quick and persistent onset of shortness of breath. He struggled through his workday and quit his workouts at the gym. A nonsmoker, Bright was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease of unknown origin that progressively gets worse.
“They told me I had three to five years until things would go bad,” he said.
During the next several weeks, Bright became dissatisfied with his medical care and his condition deteriorated faster than expected.
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