Organ donation advocate passes away during double lung transplant

Global News | Heather Yourex-West

Mark Dolter had big plans for a life with new lungs. The 51-year-old wanted to marry his fiancée on a beach in Hawaii and watch his brand new grandson grow up.

“He was born just last week,” Dolter said in an interview with Global News in March. “I’d love to be able to throw a baseball with him two, three years down the road.”

Suffering from a rare degenerative lung disease, Dolter spent nearly 250 days living in the intensive care unit at the Peter Lougheed Hospital. His only hope was a double lung transplant and each day that passed, Dolter and his fiancée Martine Striemer prayed they’d receive a phone call.

“He received that call late March 31 and was transported to Edmonton immediately by air,” Streimer said in an e-mail. “I was able to see him off and meet him there before he went into surgery.”

Dolter’s transplant began at 11 a.m. on April 1. Striemer said Dolter died during surgery. Continue reading
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