December 13 2011 Woman received lung transplant through new UMD procedure

Susan Dunnett’s emphysema made it nearly impossible for her to do anything.

It would take the 65-year-old up to 40 minutes to get up the steps and it as long as 20 minutes to get out of bed.

“I just didn’t have the breath for it,” she says.

A doctor, Aldo Iacono, says she probably had about a year to six months to live.

Dr. Iacono knew the 40-year-smoker only had one hope for survival.

“There is no medical therapy for treatment for emphysema when end stage-only treatment is a lung transplant,” the doctor says.

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