Lung Transplant Patient Stories

The University of Maryland Medical Center's Lung Transplantation Program has saved the lives of hundreds of patients who received transplants. By replacing lungs which have ceased to function effectively, the program has given new life -- new energy and new possibilities -- to people whose lives had been restricted by debilitating conditions.

Texas Mom Receives Double-Lung Transplant

Lia Young's family was told to get their affairs in order - it was time to move Lia, unconscious at the time, to hospice care. But Lia's husband, Robert, wasn't having it. He contacted several high-risk lung transplant hospitals and heard back from UMMC's team, who organized Lia's transportation from Texas to Baltimore to receive a double-lung transplant. Watch her story:

Special UMMC Effort Speeds Up Lung Transplant for Virginia Woman

Heather Cronin received her first lung transplant in 2006, but chronic rejection destroyed that transplant within a year. By 2015, she needed a second transplant to keep her alive. Read more about Heather's journey to transplant.

Double-lung and heart transplant saves father's life

Jose Fernandez, Sr., was never told how bad his heart problems were until he came to the University of Maryland Medical Center. The result? Life-saving double-lung and heart transplant surgery.  Watch as he and his wife, Brenda, discuss their experience with the University of Maryland Medical Center's staff.

COPD Patient Receives Lung Transplant

tim koelble returns homeTim Koelble wasn’t sold on receiving a lung transplant, even though it was apparent it was his only option if he wanted to extend his life.

Active his whole life, Koelble didn’t have energy to do just about anything anymore. It didn’t matter where he was, whether he was sitting or lying down, he could fall asleep at a moment’s notice. But the fear of dying on the operating table and the unknown of what his life could be like post-surgery was enough to keep him from pursuing a life-saving operation.

“Finally I got to the point where I looked at my wife and I said ‘it’s time to go,’” Koelble said. “I was tired of feeling like I did.”

Click here to read the rest of Tim's story.

Surfer's lungs revived by ECMO system

Garth Thorpe's lungs failed after he contracted an infection during a trip overseas and he was placed on an external breathing machine while his lungs healed. Watch this video to learn more about his experience at the University of Maryland Medical Center.