Specialists say Melissa Benoit had hours left to live.
Last April, the Burlington, Ont. lady was kicking the bucket in a Toronto healing center. Benoit, who has cystic fibrosis, had built up a serious lung contamination and it was spreading to different parts of her body.
While it had never been done — to the extent specialists at Toronto General Hospital (TGH) knew — they thought of the thought to remove both of Benoit’s lungs. Specialists trusted this would permit her body to begin to recoup from the contamination.
Benoit’s family gave specialists consent to proceed with the methodology. With the assistance of machines, Benoit burned through six days without lungs. At that point, she at long last got the lung transplant she required.
A provide details regarding Benoit’s case was distributed in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
Today, Benoit — and her new lungs — are doing great. She revealed to As it Happens visitor have Helen Mann about what it resembled to experience this technique.
“Without those benefactor lungs, I wouldn’t be here today,” Melissa Benoit told the CBC.
When asked about what it felt to have lungs removed and put back again, Benoit said, “breathing feels brand new. I’ve never experienced breathing in my entire life. It was always a struggle. It was always met with resistance. It always felt like I was breathing through a straw. The very first time I was taken off the ventilator and my tracheostomy was removed was the very first time I took a deep breath. I could feel the air rush into the very depths of my lungs. It was a feeling that I had never experienced before. I don’t think anyone will ever appreciate how I can describe it, except those who have lived it. It felt amazing.”