There are 70,000 people worldwide living with cystic fibrosis, and 43 percent of them are in the United States. The majority of these people is diagnosed by the age of two.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that causes lung infections, making it difficult for a person to breathe. It affects three major systems in the body – the respiratory, digestive and reproductive system.
A very rare situation was reported, and it’s about a 19-year-old boy suffering from it, who underwent first-of-its-kind triple transplant in one operation for his lungs, liver and pancreas. Read more about it in this article written by Sheryl Ubelacker on CTV News:
Toronto teen with cystic fibrosis undergoes first-of-its-kind triple transplant
TORONTO – A Toronto teen with cystic fibrosis has been given a second chance at life with a first-of-its-kind triple-organ transplant.
In August, Reid Wylie underwent a 17-hour operation to replace his failing lungs, liver and pancreas at Toronto General Hospital, freeing him from using an oxygen tank and allowing him to eat meals without taking daily handfuls of pills to digest his food and insulin shots to control his diabetes. Read more…
This first-of-its-kind triple transplant is almost unbelievable. But the good thing is that it’s very successful.
Like mentioned, it’s a genetic disease. If one person has at least one copy of the defective gene, he may not have the disease, but he’s a carrier. And if he pairs up with another carrier, there’s a 25 percent chance that their child will have this disease.
Common symptoms include persistent coughing, frequent lung infections like pneumonia or bronchitis, shortness of breath, poor growth or weight, bulky stools, and even male infertility. If you or your child are having these symptoms, consult a doctor immediately.
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