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Woman Takes First Breath With New Lungs After Life-Saving Transplant

Woman Takes First Breath With New Lungs After Life-Saving Transplant

Do you need to be reminded that you’re a human being with feelings and that life actually is kinda beautiful?

This might just do it for you.

 

What you’re looking at here is Jennifer Jones taking her first breaths with her new lungs.

[Image via YouTube/Rob Ronnenberg]

Jones, who lives with cystic fibrosis, had a lung transplant in October last year.

As we learned from a report from KAALTV News, things looked bad for Jones after being diagnosed with the condition following the birth of her son at just 30-years-old.

Cystic fibrosis is a condition that affects a number of organs and takes a huge toll on patients’ lungs, clogging them with a thick mucus that makes breathing difficult.

Blockages caused by this coating results in irreversible lung damage, which is what happened to Jones.

In October 2016, she was hospitalised and required oxygen around the clock.

Her condition deteriorated further and she was placed on a waiting list for a transplant.

When she finally received the call that a donor had been found, her lung function was at just 10%.

So it was incredible when the moment came for her to take a breath with her new, working lungs.

[Image via YouTube/Rob Ronnenberg]

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Video of that moment was posted to YouTube by her fiancé Rob Ronnenberg in February, but is now going viral after being posted to Reddit over the weekend.

In two days, the post had attracted more than 32,000 upvotes and the view count on YouTube had skyrocketed to more than 825,000.

Ronnenberg told 9Pickle he hoped the popularity of the clip would shine a spotlight on the importance of organ donations.

“[We want to] get the word out to increase the number of donors in the world so we can save lives,” he said.

The video prompted powerful stories like this one, from Redditor SaltyBabe, who spoke about their similar moment following a traumatic lung transplant experience.

“I had my first real breath, the first time I had an unobstructed windpipe and I breathed into the lower lobe of my lungs in at least 15 years,” they said in the comments section.

“It was cold, and shocking and I could feel the moisture in my lungs and I could feel my lungs fill and touch my chest wall from inside, I started crying (I’m crying again thinking about it) everyone started crying, except the surgeon whose job was done so he ran out to go to an emergency ER call.

“I immediately knew all this pain, these long months in ICU, these tubes and long incisions, these 4am chest X-rays every day, the bypass that was so painful and the physical therapy I had to do while on it was all worth it.

“Seeing her makes me so happy to know that she got another chance, that someone gave the gift of life, they chose to help a complete stranger.”

Ronnenberg documented Jones’ recovery on his YouTube channel following that emotional moment up with video of her walking just four days after the surgery.

[Image via YouTube/Rob Ronnenberg]

We recommend you have a look at the other videos, but would strongly advise that you find yourself a tissue first.

According to Australia’s Organ and Tissue Authority, there are more than 1400 Aussies waiting for a life-saving transplant at any given time.

A single organ and tissue donor can help at least 10 people.

In Australia, a deceased person’s family has the final say on organ donation, meaning people need to discuss their decision to donate with their next of kin.

Aussies can register as organ donors online or via a downloadable form.

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