After a lung transplant, an aria: a story of survival from end-stage pulmonary hypertension

TED talks: "You'll never sing again, said her doctor. But in a story from the very edge of medical possibility, operatic soprano Charity Tillemann-Dick tells a double story of survival -- of her body, from a double lung transplant -- and of her spirit, fueled by an unwavering will to sing. A powerful story from TEDMED 2011." Tillemann-Dick was diagnosed in 2004 – at the age of 20 – with Idiopathic Pulmonary Hypertension, a disease that causes high blood pressure in the pulmonary artery, which connects the heart to the lungs. People with the disease typically have a two-to-five-year mortality rate after diagnosis.
Her physicians at Johns Hopkins put her on the lung transplant list at Cleveland Clinic. In September 2009, organs became available, and she had a double lung transplant. After a 13-hour surgery and 2 cardiac arrests in the OR, her recovery was extremely complicated but she is happy to be able to sing again.
If you have a minute, don't forget to check the comments on YouTube and the TED Talks site.
References:
Faith, Hope... and Charity. Cleveland Clinic.
Update in Pulmonary Hypertension - Mayo Clinic Grand Rounds - YouTube http://buff.ly/1ehJqUL

1 comment:

  1. This is the most insprirational story ever!

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