Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Burns receives 'gift of life' through double-lung transplant

Kokomo Tribune | Martin Slagter

HAPPY COUPLE: Dawn Burns, left, had double-lung transplant surgery in December, 2013. Chris Burns, her husband, has supported her along the way and persuaded her to have the surgery. Tae-Gyun Kim | Kokomo Tribune

For nearly 30 years of her life, all Dawn Burns wanted was to be able to breathe like a normal person.

After countless visits to doctors, evaluations and hospitalizations, a double-lung transplant has given her a new lease on life.

"I like being around people, I’m a people person," she said. "Just being able to see my granddaughter grow up and being around my husband and mom … it’s great."

The road to a more normal life wasn’t easy. There were years filled with uncertainty as she was put on the list for a lung transplant, only to be removed from it seven years later. Her lung capacity dipped to about 20 percent and she was taking 97 pills and three injections a day to function.

She collapsed and was rushed to the Community Howard Regional Health emergency room and intensive care unit in 2013. Ten weeks later, in December, a bilateral transplant was performed.She collapsed and was rushed to the Community Howard Regional Health emergency room and intensive care unit in 2013. Ten weeks later, in December, a bilateral transplant was performed. Continue reading

 

 

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