New lung, new life for Galion woman

Mansfield News Journal | Mark Caudill

GALION -- Pat Heffernan received a lifesaving phone call on Nov. 4, 2014.

A lung transplant coordinator contacted Heffernan while she was enjoying her morning coffee.

"She asked what I was doing. I said I was drinking a cup of coffee. She said, 'Dump it out,' " Heffernan said.

Heffernan rushed to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where she underwent a lung transplant. She spent 10 days in the hospital and more than five weeks in what she called a "grown-up Ronald McDonald House."

A Galion native, Heffernan was a longtime nurse. She also formerly served as the director of the Lexington Senior Civic Center. She talked about the lung transplant on the one-year anniversary of the operation.

In July 2010, Heffernan got sick with what she suspected was a sinus infection. Continue reading