Lung Transplant: A Young Mother's Life
Tied to an oxygen tank and the mother of twins, Tina Tinsley's daily life as a person with cystic fibrosis took a lot out of her. But it got worse when a lung infection landed her in the hospital, fearing for her life.
Read how Tinsley's journey took her through a lung transplant, recovery and beyond.
Lung Transplant in the News
A young mother with cystic fibrosis who has spent a year waiting for a pair of lungs finally received them right after Christmas, as reported in the Roanoke Times. The family had been fearing it was their last holiday together, but the transplant has added years to Katie Wright's life.
Lung Transplant Innovation
New at UVA: EVLP
Every year, UVA turns away approximately 90 lungs too damaged for transplant. Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion (EVLP) takes unsuitable lungs and rehabilitates them into a healthy, usable state.
With EVLP, we hope to:
- Increase the number of available donor lungs
- Reduce wait times
- Improve outcomes
1-Year Survival Rate
The evaluation process begins with a referral by your family doctor or pulmonologist.
Learn more about what the process involves and how a lung transplant works.
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Why Come to UVA
Our lung transplant program offers you:
- A long history of innovation: We were the first program of its kind in Virginia and are now one of the only facilities in the country with EVLP.
- Access to cutting edge care from a facility with survival rates higher than the national average – all without having to travel far from home.
- A caring and supportive environment before, during and after your lung transplant.