ABC7 | Denise Dador

Westwood , Calif.  (KABC) --  A Temecula man is now breathing easier thanks to an amazing operation that saved his life and his family.

Air is now moving freely through 43-year-old Jeffrey Garwick's brand new lungs.

Over the years, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, a condition similar to coal miner's lung, was scarring and destroying Garwick's airways.

The Temecula resident went to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center not knowing where his next breath would come from.

"It's a feeling of suffocation. It's that feeling that you're underwater, and you want to get to the surface and you can't get to the surface," said Dr. David Ross of the medical center.

Garwick's lung function dropped to 29 percent, and doctor's predicated he only had a little over a year to live. His only option was a double-lung transplant. Continue reading
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