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Date:10/31/2011

ailure symptoms. This is not uncommon in end-stage lung disease."

This is a major complication for many patients on the lung transplant waiting list. So, to circumvent this problem, Hoopes and Dr. Enrique Diaz, UK's medical director of the lung transplant program, completed a procedure called an atrial septostomy, in which a small hole is created between the upper two chambers of the heart. This procedure, combined with the use of an ECMO, allowed the blood to receive oxygen from an artificial lung device.

"These procedures are novel in terms of a bridge to transplantation, and the use of an artificial lung together with an atrial septostomy for cases of respiratory and right ventricular failure have not been performed together until now," said Diaz.

"I immediately felt better the morning after my surgery and was able to walk 75 feet after less than 24 hours," said Craig.

After only three days after the initial procedure, a new set of lungs became available for Craig and she underwent a double lung transplant.

"Because of her age, we were apprehensive about the ECMO procedure and lung transplant, however she proved to us that she is not the typical 68-year-old woman," Hoopes said. Proudly boasting about her two children, 3 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, Craig said they were her motivation to keep going and try and get better as fast as possible.

After being discharged from the hospital, Wanda and her husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, and said that this experience has brought them closer together and helped their entire family appreciate the life and time they have together. After spending several holidays in the hospital over the past eight months, she is thankful she was able to be home for her milestone anniversary.

"More than anything I am looking forward to doing those normal everyday things like going to the grocery store and watching my grandson's T-ball games," Cra
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Contact: Julia Meador
Julie.Meador@uky.edu
859-323-2395
University of Kentucky
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