Tennessee woman survives record 25 years after lung transplant

Tennesseean | Jessica Bliss

Pam Smith started the day at her mom’s, eating the holiday's leftover turkey and dressing. Then she swung by Roses department store to do a bit of shopping. And then back home, where she fixed the VCR to watch her favorite soap, "Days of Our Lives."

She had just settled in when the phone rang.

Tired, she didn't want to answer it. It had been a difficult day, moving about with her oxygen tank from one place to another.

But she got up anyway, and when she said hello the doctor on the other end said: "When was the last time you ate?"

"That was an odd question," Smith says, remembering the day 25 years ago. "He never asked me that before." Continue reading