After Double Lung Transplant, Outdoorsman Catches “the Fish of My Lifetime”

Loyal University Medical Center

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Before he developed a debilitating lung disease, outdoorsman Michael Olson had taken 57 canoe and fishing trips to Canada.

His disease, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, was so severe Mr. Olson needed a double-lung transplant at Loyola University Medical Center. While rehabbing in Loyola’s inpatient rehabilitation unit, Mr. Olson set two goals for himself:

Return to Canada. And catch a big northern.

He accomplished both goals, in memorable fashion. As he tells it:

“One night I went fishing and it was raining out. Then all of a sudden, it stopped raining and a beautiful rainbow came out. Three casts later, I got the fish of my lifetime: a 43-inch northern. It wouldn’t even fit in the net. I was shaking for two hours – that’s how excited I was.”

Mr. Olson, 54, who lives in Milwaukee, was among 115 patients who were honored during Loyola’s recent 2015 Patients of the Year Celebration, sponsored by the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation and the Acute Rehabilitation Unit. Continue reading

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