In rare moment, lung transplant recipient meets donor's mother

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Lyndsey McLaughlin and Diana Rodriguez, two New York women from different worlds, never imagined their paths would cross, let alone that a life-changing event would connect them for the rest of their lives.

But two years ago, Lyndsey, then 26, struggled for every breath she took, and it's thanks to Diana that she is alive today.

In 2011, Lyndsey was working at a hedge fund in New York and had everything she ever wanted, except for one thing: A future.

Lyndsey was dying.

"I'm 26 years old," she said at the time. "I should be out every Friday and Saturday night. I should be at the bars having a couple of drinks, not worrying about how many medicines I'm going to have to take the next day."

At age 2, Lyndsey was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease which causes mucus to build up in the lungs.

"Growing up, I just did chest physical therapy every day, which started out with my parents clapping on [my back] every day," she said. "My lung capacity by the time I was 18, 19 years old was to the point where they were telling me I was going to need a lung transplant." Continue reading