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Transplant Type – Double-lung
As a baby, Michael was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF), which came as quite a shock to his parents, as there is no family history of the disease. Growing up, he led an active life and played sports; and it wasn’t until high school that his health began to slowly decline after he experienced his first lung infection. Doctors said a double-lung transplant was critical.
On December 6, 2017, Michael got the call for new lungs! On the 7th, he underwent a 12-hour surgery that would change his life. After a month at UPMC, Michael was discharged to begin his road to recovery. There will be frequent trips to and from Pittsburgh for the rest of his life, and he will be on copious amounts of medications to keep his body from rejecting the new lungs.
During such a challenging time, Michael is thankful to be surrounded by a strong support system of family, friends and co-workers. His beautiful wife, Lisa, has been by his side every step of the way, even spending many holidays by his hospital bedside. Their wonderful family and friends have provided much needed love, encouragement and help around their home to make sure everything is taken care of.
While it’s been very hard for Michael and Lisa, these circumstances have also brought them closer together, strengthened their trust in each other and in the Lord, and given them perspective on what matters most in life.Before he became ill, Michael loved golfing, playing the drums, hiking, playing sports and dancing with Lisa, and he dreams of being well enough to enjoy these things again someday. He also looks forward to traveling now that he no longer relies on an oxygen tank for each breath. More than anything, he wants to be healthy enough to take care of Lisa the way she has always taken care of him.
Although Michael is through the most difficult part of the journey, he still needs your help. The average double-lung transplant costs more than $1 million. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health insurance, which will cover the cost of the transplant, he faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Michael. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Pennsylvania Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write "in honor of Michael Keller" on the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Patient Health Institute: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
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