Patient Gets Inspired for Double-Lung Transplant | Loyola Medicine
Friday, June 24, 2016

How a Chicago Minister's Lung Transplant at Loyola University Medical Center Inspired a Patient in Ohio

MAYWOOD, IL – Cloyd Goley of Farmersville, Ohio was suffering from a debilitating lung disease when he read a newspaper story that gave him hope.

The Dayton Daily News article explained how the Rev. Joseph Kyles, a Chicago minister with pulmonary fibrosis, returned to the pulpit on Easter Sunday for the first time after a life-saving double-lung transplant performed by Wickii Vigneswaran, MD at Loyola University Medical Center.

“It’s a resurrection for me, too,” Rev. Kyles said in the article. “I am back from the dead.”

Mr. Goley, who also has pulmonary fibrosis, immediately called Loyola after reading the story. “I thought that if Loyola took such good care of Pastor Kyles, they could do the same for me,” he said.

On June 10, Mr. Goley underwent his own double-lung transplant. The surgery, also successful, was performed at Loyola by Jeffrey Schwartz, MD.

Pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive lung disease that causes lung tissue to become thick, stiff and scarred. As the disease progresses, it becomes increasingly difficult to breathe. Before their transplants, Mr. Goley and Rev. Kyles both were tethered to an oxygen tank 24 hours a day. Mr. Goley recalled that despite breathing supplemental oxygen, walking just a few steps would leave him gasping for breath. Rev. Kyles said he was so exhausted there were days when he could barely get out of bed in the morning.

“We are pleased that Mr. Goley was inspired by Rev. Kyles to come to Loyola,” said Loyola pulmonologist and lung transplant specialist Sana Quddus, MD. “Mr. Goley is making an excellent recovery. He and Rev. Kyles are examples of the tremendous difference that lung transplantation can make in patients who have pulmonary fibrosis and other severe lung diseases.”

A week after the transplant, Rev. Kyles stopped by to visit Mr. Goley and they compared notes on their surgery and recovery.

Mr. Goley recalled that despite breathing supplemental oxygen, walking just a few steps would leave him gasping for breath. Rev. Kyles said he was so exhausted there were days when he could barely get out of bed in the morning.

Mr. Goley is now off oxygen and breathing freely, while Rev. Kyles is working toward his goal of walking 10,000 steps a day.

“You look fantastic,” Rev. Kyles told Mr. Goley.

“I feel great,” Mr. Goley responded.

Mr. Goley told Rev. Kyles he would love to bring his friends and family to Promise Church of Chicago to see Rev. Kyles preach. Rev. Kyles said that would be an honor.

Loyola has performed more than 800 lung transplants, by far the most of any center in Illinois. Last year, Loyola performed more lung transplants than the three other Illinois lung transplant programs combined. In May, 2014, Loyola became the only center in Illinois to perform five successful lung transplants in just over 24 hours.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, 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. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.