Man gives back after double lung transplant

WKYC | Monica Robins

Griff Hill (Photo: WKYC-TV)

HUDSON, Ohio -- Last year, five weeks before his life changed forever, Griff Hill was doing backflips off of ski jumps. He just noticed he was becoming short of breath.

"The hardest thing for me was walking up the stairs to the lodge," said Griff.

A trip to the doctor eventually led to a diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis. During a biopsy, his lungs failed, he became critical and the decision was made that he needed a double lung transplant.

"At the time, I was told that was the only thing that would save me," Griff says.

He remained hospitalized at The Cleveland Clinic, essentially unconscious, while a machine oxygenated his blood to keep him alive. But his lungs kept deteriorating, and he was hours away from being too sick for a transplant. Continue reading