A Gardner Edgerton High School senior was undergoing a double lung transplant in St. Louis at press time on Nov. 18.
Judy Hart was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth. A genetic disorder, CF affects every the ability of every organ in the body that secretes fluid. Most critically, an abnormal ability for cells to transport chloride and sodium leads to thick mucous secretions that over time, scars the lungs.
Judy was placed on the active organ donor transplant list in late October. She and her mother, Mary Hart, moved to St. Louis on Oct. 27 to be near Children’s Mercy Hospital.
They did not know how long Judy would need to wait for lungs, but they got the call from a transplant nurse on Nov. 17. Surgery was set to begin at 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 18, and according to Judy’s foundation Facebook page, she was preparing to go on the lung and heart bypass machine at around 8 .m. on Nov. 18. Both lungs were transplanted by 10 a.m.
Professionals told the Harts the wait and recovery from the surgery could require that they stay in St. Louis for up to a year.
Regular updates about Judy’s transplant can also be found on the Judy Hart Foundation Facebook page. Search for “Live2Love Judy’s Journey.”
Editor’s note: Gardner News staff is sending good thoughts for a speedy recovery.
GEHS senior receives double lung transplant