Being a donor is as easy as ‘yes’

DELPHOS HERALD | Nancy Spencer
Double lung transplant recipient Chris Baightel talks to St. John’s High School freshmen and seniors about organ donation. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
DELPHOS — High school students from both local schools learned facts and myths about organ donation this past week in observance of National Donate Life Month.

Double-lung transplant recipient Chris Baightel, 58, spoke to the teens about his decision and that of the family of his donor. Beaghtel has bronchiectasis, a chronic condition where the walls of the bronchi are thickened from inflammation and infection. People with bronchiectasis have periodic flare-ups of breathing difficulties called exacerbations.

When Baightel received his transplant at age 55, his lungs were functioning at 22 percent.

The transplant saved my life,” Baightel said. “Without it, I would have never met my granddaughter.” Continue reading
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