Tallmadge 12-year-old needs double-lung transplant

RECORD - COURIER | Ellin Walsh
Mark Frick, a 12-year-old from Tallmadge, maintains his sunny disposition despite his wait for a double lung transplant.
TALLMADGE — If it’s too hot, he can’t breathe. If it’s too cold, he can’t catch his breath.

Imagine being 12 years old and longing to spend your summer outside but being literally breathless, bound to an oxygen tank, as your lungs fail. Mark Frick simply wants to be able to do the things that other kids do. “I want to be able to keep up,” he says.

Family and friends of the red-haired middle schooler are praying the third time will be the charm when the transplant team summons them to Pittsburgh for a double-lung transplant. The son of Terrace Teter and Wayne Frick, Mark was placed on the active transplant list in May 2016. He’s a happy child, according to his mom, despite his medical problems, which started at a young age.

In the spring of 2007, Mark, then 15 months, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He underwent a successful bone marrow transplant with his older sister, Brittani, serving as his donor; however, shortly afterward, Mark developed breathing issues. He was diagnosed with Obliterative Bronchiolitis, a side effect of the chemotherapy he’d received, according to his mom. Now the doctors at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, are recommending a double-lung transplant. Continue reading