Maryland’s Health Matters - UMMS - Spring 2017 - 1

SPOTLIGHT:

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For Lia Young-
shown here with
daughters Raelyn,
7, and Londyn,
3-life is getting
back to normal
after a double-lung
transplant 1,400
miles from her
Texas home.

ast fall, Lia Young
was as good as dead.
Lying in a hospital

bed, with less than 40 percent function in both lungs,
it seemed an incurable lung
disease called pulmonary
fibrosis had finally won. She
was told that lung transplantation was her only option,
but the hospital couldn't
perform the surgery because
of her highly responsive
autoimmune system.
Her husband, Robert,
was told to get their affairs
in order because Lia would
soon need to move to
hospice care.
But Robert wasn't ready
to give up. From their Texas
home, he scoured the internet
and contacted more than
20 high-risk lung transplant
hospitals in the U.S. and
Canada. He heard back
from two people. One was
Aldo Iacono, MD, director

HELPING
COMPLEX PATIENTS
BREATHE EASIER
LYING IN A HOSPITAL BED NEAR HER HOME
IN DALLAS, LIA YOUNG NEEDED A DOUBLE-LUNG
TRANSPLANT TO SURVIVE. BUT DOCTORS THERE
TOLD HER THEY COULDN'T PERFORM THE SURGERY.
THANKS TO THE LUNG TRANSPLANT TEAM AT
THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND MEDICAL CENTER,
SHE'S ALIVE TODAY.

of consultative services and
outreach for the lung healing program at the University
of Maryland Medical Center
(UMMC) and the Hamish S.
and Christine C. Osborne
Professor in Advanced
Pulmonary Care.
"In Dallas, we knew there
were no options. Everything
centered around death. I was
told to start the funeral process," Robert says. "When I
met Dr. Iacono, he grabbed
my shoulder and said, 'Let's
speak life. We didn't bring Lia
all the way to Baltimore to
let her pass away.'"

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For more information on UMMC's lung transplant program,



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