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Mid-South Donor Foundation

Randa Lipman is the Outreach Manager at Mid-South Donor Transplant Foundation. Nationwide, more than 113,000 men, women and children are awaiting a life-saving organ transplant. Over 4000 of those waiting are right here in the Mid-South area. Give hope. Give life. TODAY

What is a Double Lung Transplant?

A lung transplant is a surgical procedure to replace a diseased or failing lung with a healthy lung, usually from a deceased donor. A lung transplant is reserved for people who have tried other medications or treatments, but their conditions haven't sufficiently improved.

Depending on your medical condition, a lung transplant may involve replacing one of your lungs or both of them. In some situations, the lungs may be transplanted along with a donor heart.

While a lung transplant is a major operation that can involve many complications, it can greatly improve your health and quality of life.

When faced with a decision about having a lung transplant, know what to expect of the lung transplant process, the surgery itself, potential risks and follow-up care.

Female Double Lung Transplant

Jeanna Cantey received a double lung transplant thanks to the gift of life via organ transplant.

What is a Heart Transplant?

A heart transplant replaces the patient's heart with a donor heart. Doctors remove the patient's heart by transecting the aorta, the main pulmonary artery and the superior and inferior vena cavae, and dividing the left atrium, leaving the back wall of the left atrium with the pulmonary vein openings in place. The surgeon connects the donor heart by sewing together the recipient and donor vena cavae, aorta, pulmonary artery and left atrium. In patients with congenital heart disease, the surgeon may simultaneous transplant the lungs and the heart.

Female Heart Transplant Recipient

Coasie Parker is a Heart Transplant Recipient and she is alive and well because of an organ transplant.