Gawler man Garry Woods who missed a lung transplant after Qantas mix-up, gets a set

Garry Woods missed out on a lung transplant after being unable to board a Qantas flight.
GAWLER grandfather Garry Woods has finally got new lungs, after a dash to Sydney and an eight-hour double transplant operation thanks to the generosity of an organ donor.

Mr Woods, 66, missed out on donated organs earlier this month after an airport mix-up saw him miss a 9.15am Qantas flight — by the time he made it to St Vincent’s Hospital on the 12.15pm flight the deteriorating lungs had been given to another patient.

This time Mr Woods had a dedicated phone number to confirm flight details with Qantas after he received the phone call at lunchtime on Monday from the Sydney transplant team.

Terminally ill from the suffocating lung condition pulmonary fibrosis and on the transplant list for 26 months, Mr Woods underwent the double lung transplant starting at 5am on Tuesday.

He was still under sedation in intensive care on Tuesday night with wife Barb Jamieson keeping watch. Continue reading

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