Saturday, July 11, 2015

Double lung transplant doesn't slow Pan Am torch bearer

Toronto Star | Dan Taekema

Marta Iwanek / TORONTO STAR Myles Lynch, a 17-year-old recent double lung transplant recipient was a torchbearer for the 2015 Toronto Pan AM Games.

Myles Lynch runs with an easy, loping gait—his legs churning, his lungs pumping oxygen. He holds the Pan Am flame high and proud, but what makes this 17-year-old special isn’t the torch in his hand, it’s the fact that he’s running at all.

Myles was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, a disease that infects a person’s lungs and causes them to lose functionality, when he was just one month old. He was treated at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario until he was 16 when it was decided that he would need a new pair of lungs.

He was transferred to The Hospital for Sick Children and received his new lungs last fall.

On July 10, after months of recovery, he ran 200 meters as the Pan Am torch bearer for Sick Kids.On July 10, after months of recovery, he ran 200 meters as the Pan Am torch bearer for Sick Kids.

"I’ve been training a little bit every day and to be out and running, especially with the Pan Am flame, I could never imagine running like this in my lifetime," he said.

According to Mindy Solomon, one of the doctors who performed Myles’ double lung transplant, operations of that nature are very rare.

"He’s very fortunate in the sense that there aren’t that many organs sometimes and not only did he get a set of organs, but clearly it’s gone very well for him," she said."He’s very fortunate in the sense that there aren’t that many organs sometimes and not only did he get a set of organs, but clearly it’s gone very well for him," she said. Continue reading

 

 

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