Family hoping for miracle as daughter awaits double lung transplant


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

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

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

Caitlin, now 33, 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 said Boston hospitals refused to put her on their transplant lists because she was a high-risk patient.

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

“If she was, like, 6 feet tall we probably wouldn't have a problem getting lungs,” said Nick. Continue reading