Patient Success Stories

The University of Maryland Medical Center's Lung Transplantation Program has saved the lives of hundreds of patients who received transplants. By replacing lungs which have ceased to function effectively, the program has given new life -- new energy and new possibilities -- to people whose lives had been restricted by debilitating conditions.

Here are a few of our patients and their stories.

Special UMMC Effort Speeds Up Lung Transplant for Virginia Woman

Heather Cronin received her first lung transplant in 2006, but chronic rejection destroyed that transplant within a year. By 2015, she needed a second transplant to keep her alive. Read more about Heather's journey to transplant.

Double-lung and heart transplant saves father's life

Jose Fernandez, Sr., was never told how bad his heart problems were until he came to the University of Maryland Medical Center. The result? Life-saving double-lung and heart transplant surgery.  Watch as he and his wife, Brenda, discuss their experience with the University of Maryland Medical Center's staff.

Patient battles pulmonary fibrosis and wins

In 2011, Hamish Osborne, an avid golfer, found it physically difficult to get through a round of golf. He made an appointment with a pulmonologist, who confirmed that he had pulmonary fibrosis. A lung transplantation at the University of Maryland Medical Center saved his life.

Surfer's lungs revived by ECMO system

Garth Thorpe's lungs failed after he contracted an infection during a trip overseas and he was placed on an external breathing machine while his lungs healed. Watch this video to learn more about his experience at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

After infection, mother requires double-lung transplant

Six weeks removed from the birth of her second child, Brittany Davenport found herself gasping for air and went to the University of Maryland Emergency Department. She was diagnosed with acute respiratory distress syndrome, a life-threatening lung condition. Davenport required a double-lung transplant to save her life.

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