Bonnie Griner receives lung transplant

MOULTRIE, Ga. — Bonnie Griner received an outstanding birthday present Monday.

Griner, a Moultrie cystic fibrosis patient, has been seeking a double lung transplant. She was placed on a waiting list at Duke University about two weeks ago after lengthy preparations.

Karen Thompson — public relations coordinator for Breathe for Bonnie, a fund-raising effort for Griner — emailed The Observer about 3:15 p.m. Monday: “Bonnie got her new lungs today ... out of surgery about an hour ago ... so now recovery ... today is her 38th birthday.”

Griner was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was 5. She had already passed two ages at which doctors had estimated her life expectancy — a salute to medical advances in the treatment of the genetic disease. The third prediction was 37 years. Continue reading

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