Life after a double lung transplant

Nov 6, 2015 7:43 AM by Mega Sugianto

Richard Wodrich was diagnosed with chronic lung disease in 2008.

“It’s not curable,” said Wodrich.

At one point, he and his wife, Marci Goulart were told by doctors Wodrich had a year to live.

They sought out a double lung transplant in San Francisco.

‘What was the success rate?” asked Goulart. “Is that an option for us?”

After days of testing, months of waiting, Wodrich received his transplant on March 22, 2015. Now Wodrich said he has up to twenty years to live.

“Our relationship is so much stronger from it,” said Goulart.

They want to encourage other people to be organ donors so people like Wodrich could get a second chance.

“I’m feeling better and I’m feeling stronger,” said Wodrich.

They plan to find Wodrich’s donor family and communicate with them about how grateful they are.

For more information from the American Lung Association click here.

There will be a fundraising concert, Sunday, November 8 at Chico Women’s Club to benefit Wodrich.

It is at 7 p.m. and tickets are $25 online or $30 at the door.

Click here for more information.


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