Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Double-lung transplant patient celebrates one year

Lancaster Eagle-Gazette | Spencer Remoquillo

PICKERINGTON – Last year this time, Jodi Dixon, of Pickerington, was lying in a hospital bed wondering if she would ever see the next day.

Dixon was waiting for a pair of lungs, matching all the criteria necessary to undergo a double lung transplant that would hopefully save her life. She knew even if the organs came there would be a good chance her body would reject the organs. The odds against her kept mounting.

Dixon, who grew up in Lancaster, waited years on a lung transplant list. She didn't end up receiving her new lungs until she was given a high lung allocation score of 96, which means in that moment, she was the sickest person in the nation in need of a transplant.

On life support with her kidneys shutting down, Dixon remembers her doctor coming into her hospital room and patting her on the hand and telling her it would be OK.

"He had lungs for me," she said, adding that she knew a lot of things could go wrong, including the doctor examining the lungs and determining they weren't viable or had been damaged in transport. Continue reading


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