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A 29-year-old Massachusetts woman who received a double long transplant to treat her cystic fibrosis is recovering after contracting a virus from her donor.
Rima Manomaitis, of Pepperell, has been battling the genetic disease that damages the lung since she was an infant.
Lung - Function - Point - Oxygen - Machine
Her lung function gradually declined to the point where she needed an oxygen machine at all times - but doctors in her home state said she was 'too well' for a transplant.
Manomaitis's sister found a transplant center in Minnesota that would perform the procedure and in May 2017, after eight months on the list, she received her new lungs.
Doctors - Donor - Virus - People - Ages
But what doctors didn't know is that the donor had a dormant virus that is common in people of all ages and normally harmless, but can cause complications in people with weakened immune systems, such as organ rejection.
Mainomaitis ended up in the hospital in need of a blood transfusion, but is now recuperating and said she wants others to understand that just because she is a transplant recipient doesn't mean she's 'fixed'.
Manomaitis - Fibrosis - Months - Parents - Doctor
Manomaitis was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at four months old after her parents took her to the doctor when they noticed she was struggling to gain weight.
Sufferers have a defective gene that causes a build-up of mucus in the airways and makes it increasingly difficult to breathe over time.
Bacteria - Lungs - Cases - Sufferer - Failure
Bacteria can become trapped, which can cause the lungs to become damaged or infected, and in some cases send the sufferer into respiratory failure, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Symptoms include persistent coughing, frequent lung infections, shortness of breath and inflamed nasal passages.
Cystic - Fibrosis - Foundation - People - Condition
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation estimates that more than 30,000 people have the condition in the US and that 1,000 new cases are diagnosed every year.
The median age of survival is currently 33.4 years, with half of...
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