Patient stories

  1. Joseph J. Tepas III, M.D., a 68-year-old pediatric surgeon in Jacksonville, Florida, who had idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and later a lung transplant at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

    Physician Experiences the Mayo “Patient Experience” After Double Lung Transplant

    When a doctor suddenly becomes the patient with a life-threatening illness, Mayo Clinic’s commitment to high-quality medical care that puts the needs of the patient first takes on fresh perspective, especially as it relates to the principle of compassionate care, which is a hallmark of Mayo Clinic. Such was the case when Joseph J. Tepas III, M.D., a 68-year-old pediatric [...]

  2. She Was Born with Two Holes in Her Heart and No One Knew

    Lung transplant brings unexpected answers to 27-year-old Ileana Hernandez was born with two holes in her heart. But for 27 years, no one knew. Hernandez, a computer systems engineer, worked long hours at her job with Bank of America in Jacksonville, Fla. She had transferred from her native Mexico because of her particular set of [...]

  3. Nicole’s Journey From Nurse to Transplant Patient and Back

    When Nicole Jahns was just five months old, her parents – and her doctors – knew something was wrong. She wasn't gaining weight like a five-month-old should, and she wasn't, as her doctors put it, "thriving." They soon discovered why. Nicole had cystic fibrosis, an inherited disorder that affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat [...]

  4. Curtis Higgons, 22 year-old double lung transplant recipient at Mayo Clinic in Florida poses at the bowling alley with his bowling ball.

    Miracle Patient Overcomes Unique Challenges to Receive Double Lung Transplant

    To 22-year-old double lung transplant recipient Curtis Higgons, being dubbed the “miracle patient” by his physicians may seem somewhat overstated. But when you consider the medical challenges his doctors had to contend with in preparing him for a life-saving double lung transplant, his moniker may be well deserved. Curtis was born with cystic fibrosis, an inherited [...]

  5. 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 [...]

  6. Cystic Fibrosis Patient Says Double Lung Transplant Transformed His Life

    Nobody knows better than Jon Jantomaso how precious every breath can be. The 49-year-old realtor from Seminole, Florida, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 2 months of age, and for the first 12 years of his life slept in a mist filled tent to help him breath and clear the mucus from his lungs. He [...]

  7. Lung Cancer Patient Survives With Help of Novel Procedure, Celebrates Next Generation of Innovation

    Raegan Cury didn’t worry at first when she developed a cough in early 2002 that wouldn’t go away. She was a healthy young woman, athletic, a former gymnast, and her initial chest X-ray showed what looked like pneumonia. Even her husband, a pulmonologist, wasn't too worried, until she received a surprising diagnosis. “I never thought [...]

Feb. 12, 2015