Boston family hoping for a miracle as daughter awaits organ transplant in Pittsburgh


PITTSBURGH - She is a long way from home, is very sick and time is running out.

"In the last 10 days, she's basically been on life support," said Nick O'Hara.

Massachusetts native Caitlin O’Hara was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of 2. CF is a disease that primarily affects the lungs.

Now 33, Caitlin desperately needs a double lung transplant.

“Last week she was listed as the sickest person on the lung transplant list in the United States,” said Nick.

Caitlin's father says Boston hospitals refused to put her on their transplant lists because she was high-risk.

The family is now in Pittsburgh, where a UPMC hospital has agreed to do the surgery if lungs become available. But that's the other part of the problem. Continue reading