Margaret Bakker

First post: May 20, 2018 Latest post: Jan 16, 2019
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Margaret has had a long battle with Sjogren’s Syndrome and Lupus. Medications she has been on for management of the Lupus and the Lupus itself began their destruction on her lungs. Three years ago after another hospital stay due to pneumonia she began full-time oxygen. Doctors told her if she continued at this rate she would not have a very long, or high quality of life.   This lead to the long process of seeing if she qualified as a lung transplant candidate. Last September (2017) she was placed on the transplant list for a double lung.  November 19th, 2017 we had hoped they had a pair of lungs for Margaret. She was ready to go into the OR when they informed her the donor lungs were not suitable for transplant. Disappointed she returned home and waited. 
May 19th, 2018 at 2:30am she got the call again that they had another pair of lungs for her. Luckily, she had already been admitted to the hospital a few hours earlier for observation. She hadn’t been feeling well that week and had been short of breath. This call came at the perfect time. She was once again taken to the OR where they were able to successfully transplant the new set of lungs. 

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