S3E13: What is Involved in an Organ Transplant?

Listen to Stevan’s first-hand account of his experience with an organ transplant.

We previously have had the pleasure of interviewing Stevan Lemke who talked with us about being diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (Courage in the Face of Lung Disease). This week we have a second interview (from 9/2020) in which he takes us through the process of being evaluated for a lung transplant, the wait, the surgery, and the postoperative experience.

Lungs-linolium cut style in blue, red and white

Before being approved for placement on the transplant list Steven underwent 9 days of testing.  When lungs were finally approved for his surgery, that surgery took 14 hours.  Afterwards he and his family were required to stay three months at the transplant center hospital city (which was 300 miles from his home). 

When we think about the process of an organ transplant very few people really know what is involved. This podcast gives you a view into that world. Stay tuned for a future interview with Stevan where we will talk about what happens after you return home with your new lungs.

Honoring Stevan

Steven Lemke

Stevan Lemke was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and had a double lung transplant 7 years ago. The two years of COVID was hard for Steven; he had COVID twice with long stays in the hospital. He also had skin cancer and bladder cancer. Cancers can happen because of an organ transplant.  

Stevan spent a lot of his time helping other people learn about and cope with IPF.  He was very open in talking about IPF and in this interview talks about what was involved to qualify for a lung transplant. Stevan died at age 69 on March 26, 2022.

Reference List:

Adamle, K. N., & Ludwick, R. (2005). Humor in hospice care: Who, where, and how much? American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine®22(4), 287–290. https://doi.org/10.1177/104990910502200410

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