Tuesday, May 20, 2014

5 recipients of lung transplants tell their stories

The five lung transplant recipients, pictured a week after their surgeries with their medical teams, are all recovering well.

Loyola University Medical Center performed five successful lung transplant surgeries in just over 24 hours, and the recipients are sharing their stories. 

Loyola is the first medical center in Illinois to have five lung transplant surgeries in a single day. The five patients who received lungs are Julie D'Agostino, 21, of Elmhurst, Ill.; Robert Senander, 68, of Winfield, Ill.; Karen Emerich, 56, New Carlisle, Ind.; Linda Kern, 65, of Princeton, Ill.; Roderick Beck, 67, of Springfield, Ill. All the patients are doing well.

The Chicago Tribune interviwed D'Agostino, the youngest patient, while she was in recovery. The interview can be seen on the Tribune's video.

NBC Chicago carried the story, noting that on an average day, five lung transplant surgeries are performed at all hospitals across the country.

CBS Chicago aired a story about our press conference on the LUMC campus. Two patients found they had a new connection because they were sharing a lung from the same donor.

ABC7 Chicago spoke with the patients, one of whom said how blessed he felt, and another celebrated her "new normal."

The Daily Herald focused on the two DuPage County residents, D'Agostino and Senander,  who received lung transplants.

The science news website ScienceDaily carried the story.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.