Gregory Moore, 66, knew that there was a chance his family history of pulmonary fibrosis could have an adverse effect on his health at some point. Pulmonary fibrosis is a disease that causes scarring inside and between the tissue and air sacs of the lungs. This scarring causes the tissue inside of the lungs to become thick and stiff and makes air difficult to pass through. Once the tissue inside of the lungs is scarred, the damage cannot be reversed.
Unfortunately Greg’s health started deteriorating in 2012, and progressively became worse by the end of the year. His pulmonologist referred him to the Transplant Institute at Florida Hospital and as his health continued to decline, he was put on the lung transplant waiting list.
It was becoming more and more difficult for Greg to breathe. “I remember one day, it took me an hour and a half to move from my bedroom to the recliner in my living room, I barely had any energy,” Greg recalls.
Then in February 2013, as he was sitting in his recliner, he felt very ill, so ill in fact that he asked his wife to call 911. He was transported by ambulance to Florida Hospital Orlando, and was told that his air supply was so low that they didn’t know how long he had to live. His family held on to the hope that donor lungs would become available for Greg during this time, when they only had hours left with him. Andres Pelaez, MD, Greg’s transplant pulmonologist recalls, “His condition was declining so rapidly, that even though he was at the top of the transplant list, we thought we would have to take him off, because we didn’t think he was well enough to even go through the surgery.” Just two days after being admitted, a miracle occurred; a matching lung donor was located. Greg received a double lung transplant that literally saved his life.
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