Longshot lung transplant recipient trades buffets, kids' parties for 'miracle' life

Penn Live | David Wenner

Jeanne and David Roadcap in their Halifax Township home on Oct. 8, 2015. They are preparing to celebrate the tenth anniversday of his double lung transplant, which they consider a "miracle." (David Wenner, PennLive)

Ever since he all but died, David Roadcap has steered clear of cruise ships, buffet meals and big parties, especially if kids will be there.

It's because of the long-shot double lung transplant that saved his life.

The transplant restored Roadcap's ability to breath, walk and live fully. But it also requires a lifetime of anti-rejection drugs which weaken his immune system.

Germs he might pick up at a buffet make it too risky for his tastes. Nor will he risk being confined with so many people, and germs, on a cruise ship. The same goes for many holiday parties, especially when flu is making the rounds. The presence of a lot of kids adds to the threat, because they come in contact with so many illnesses, and their live-virus vaccinations pose an extra risk for 67-year-old.

"It's just a way of life," says his wife, Jeanne Roadcap. "Most of our friends understand that."

Beyond that, they're perfectly happy with their way of life. Continue reading