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'I thought I’d have to die at home': Double lung transplant survivor's new lease on life

'I thought I’d have to die at home': Double lung transplant survivor's new lease on life
In celebration of World Lung Day, a Polokwane man who underwent a double lung transplant, says he has received a new lease on life and now lives with "new meaning".

For a Polokwane man who underwent a double lung transplant, it’s a day that reminds him of his second chance, and to live his life with "new meaning".This chronic condition damaged my lungs to such an extent that I needed a double lung transplant,"  the 36-year-old told News24.Williams added that the very first successful human lung transplant was performed in 1963 - before the first human heart transplant was done.UCT Heart and Lung Centre Associate Professor Greg Calligaro said there were only two lung transplant programmes in South Africa - one at the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg for private patients, and Groote Schuur Hospital for private and public patients.

Dr Paul Williams a critical care specialist in heart and lung transplants at Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, said successful lung transplants were one of the "more challenging areas" in the field of transplantation, largely due to the complexity and length of the operation.Lung transplants as a treatment option for certain diseases and conditions started in 2000 in the Johannesburg private sector, and Groote Schuur Hospital is the only public hospital that offers lung transplants to state patients.

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