Patient stories

  1. From the Alaskan woods to top of the transplant list

    The first sign something was wrong came when Dennis Chavez was out hunting caribou with his wife, Maria. The Wasilla, Alaska, native suddenly found that he couldn’t cover ground like he used to. He quickly became winded — much more quickly than he expected. He ignored the signs for a while. But one day a [...]

  2. Harmonica Helps Pulmonary and Lung-Transplant Patients Breath Easier

    After surviving two separate lung transplant procedures in 2005 and 2008, musician Larry Rawdon is sharing new ways of healing through music with other patients at Mayo Clinic in Florida. It was, after all, music that led him to Mayo Clinic and aided in his recovery after he was diagnosed in 2002 with idiopathic pulmonary [...]

  3. Mayo Clinic patient Shirley Thompson, recipient of a double lung transplant

    An Unexpected Miracle from Down the Hallway

    Sometimes miracles happen when you least expect them. No one believes that more than Fleming Island, Florida resident Shirley Thompson, whose tale of how she received two new lungs while in a medically induced coma at Mayo Clinic hospital in Florida isn’t exactly the typical scenario. The 48-year old married, mother of two was first [...]

  4. Tara Kline

    Heart-double lung transplant

    Tara Kline understands that life can change in an instant. That's because hers has — twice. A year after Tara, from the Twin Cities suburb of Burnsville, Minn., graduated from high school, she was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect and told she would need a heart-double lung transplant. "It was surreal," says Tara, who [...]

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