Lung transplant for Guilderland woman like "a new life

Albany Times

Carolyn Nichols poses for a photo inside her home on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Guilderland, N.Y. Nichols needs a lung transplant and is moving to N.C. because she has gotten on a transplant list at Duke University Hospital. (Phoebe Sheehan/Special to The Times Union) less

Every breath Carolyn Nichols takes feels like "a new life" following her successful lung transplant surgery at Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C.

She spent years of agonizing, waiting on a transplant list in New York, and endured several false hopes with lungs that turned out to be not viable.

Her overwhelming emotion these days is gratitude.

"I can't thank my donor enough. I feel like I have a new life. It's a miracle that I feel this good," said Nichols, 65, who was transplanted with two donor lungs the day before Thanksgiving. She now breathes without the use of bottled oxygen for the first time in many years after cystic fibrosis progressed and cut her lung capacity to less than 25 percent. Continue reading