Guilderland woman relocating to N.C. for lung transplantation

Albany Times Union | Paul Grondahl

Duke University Hospital offers better chance for Guilderland woman with cystic fibrosis

For the past three years, Carolyn Nichols, 64, who is awaiting lung transplantation as cystic fibrosis gradually destroys both of her lungs, has been consumed with The Call.

She was instructed to remain within reach of her cellphone 24/7 because she never knows when the lung transplantation team at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center might call to tell her they have two lungs that match her Type A blood and other criteria.

She was told to not miss The Call, which could forfeit the patient's only chance at a life-saving transplant.

Time is critical. Lungs are only viable for four to six hours. Continue reading