Lung Transplant

Lung Transplant

DeAnthonis Kelly
April 1, 2024

For DeAnthonis Kelly, it was a long and winding road to a heart-lung transplant

DeAnthonis Kelly’s world started to unravel when he came down with pneumonia in 2019 and got worse when he caught COVID-19 in 2020. Even after he recovered, Kelly found himself out of breath when he walked from the parking lot to his workstation at a steel plant.
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Headshot of Mary Beth Templin
March 18, 2024

Nearly 20 years since a double lung transplant, patient is beating the odds

Mary Beth Helms Templin had a lifetime of challenges with her lungs, starting with being diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at just three months old. Those challenges paled in comparison to Templin’s experience as a young adult, which ultimately led her to the UAB Comprehensive Transplant Institute to receive a double lung transplant.
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Headshot of Wanda Tunnell
February 19, 2024

Wanda Tunnell pays it forward by supporting other lung transplant patients

“I know more about lungs than I ever wanted to,” said Wanda Tunnell, 65. The Tuscaloosa, Ala., resident’s double lung transplant in May 2021 was the culmination of a long journey of unanswered questions and terrifying episodes of breathing trouble.
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Transplant Games Birmingham 2024 logo
December 4, 2023

UAB Medicine named the presenting medical partner of the 2024 Transplant Games of America

UAB Medicine, home to Alabama’s leading transplant program, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Transplant Institute, has been named the presenting medical partner of the Transplant Games of America when the biennial event comes to Birmingham in July 2024. Additionally, UAB’s Sports and Exercise Medicine team will be providing medical coverage for all athletes at the games.
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Steve Harrison
December 29, 2022

Determination and Inspiration Led to the Gift of New Lungs

On their wedding day 34 years ago, when Steve and Lynne Harrison vowed to be at each other’s side in sickness and in health, neither could have imagined the journey ahead.
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spiritual health mission & scope of care, female friends comfort one another
November 2, 2022

Lung Transplant

Lung transplantation is a procedure for end-stage lung disease to replace a diseased organ with a healthier one from a deceased organ donor. It is an option used to improve the health and prolong survival of patients. Lung transplant can benefit patients with diseases such as cystic fibrosis, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), idiopathic pulmonary […]
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Headshot of Jessica Hernandez
August 3, 2022

20-Year-Old Chronicles Heart-Lung Transplant Journey on TikTok

Many young adults create TikTok videos, but Jessica Hernandez may be the only 20-year-old who has used the social media platform to document her heart-lung transplant journey.
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Nurses and doctors in green scrubs performing transplant operation
March 28, 2022

UAB Hospital Reaches Milestone With 16,000 Organ Transplants

Surgeons with the University of Alabama at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine reached an institutional milestone in February, surpassing 16,000 total organ transplants performed since its first almost 54 years ago.
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