New Technology Used For First Time In Texas To Successfully Transplant “Unusable” Lungs

John Herzig and his wife.(courtesy: UT Southwestern)

DALLAS (CBS11) – New technology being tested in North Texas is breathing new hope into many in need of a lung transplant.

This spring, UT Southwestern surgeons became the first in Texas to transplant lungs tested and refurbished with new technology known as ex-vivo lung perfusion (EVLP).

John Herzig became the first patient in Texas to be transplanted with lungs evaluated with EVLP technology.

The 58-year-old former junior high basketball coach and school superintendent was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis earlier this year. He needed a lung transplant and soon.

“It was really emotional for my family,” Herzig said. “From the time I found out I had it,it was a waiting game as to what comes first – the lungs or my demise.”

Last year, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, more than 200 people died while waiting for a lung transplant. Continue reading

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