Transplant Type: Double Lung
Chrissy Mizer has a new lease on life. Twenty years ago, she was diagnosed with mixed connective tissue disease. As the illness progressed, it affected her lungs, and she was diagnosed with Interstitial Lung Disease. Her diagnosis came as a shock, as there is no family history of her illness. For years, Chrissy relied on supplemental oxygen around the clock to help her breathe. Doctors said a double-lung transplant is critical to her survival. Thankfully, Chrissy received a transplant on May 5, 2020.
Due to the threat of COVID-19, Chrissy had to go through the surgery alone. The transplant took approximately 12 hours, and there were some complications. For the first 10 days, Chrissy was placed on an ECMO machine and ventilator and was in critical condition. She is improving each day as she gets used to her new lungs and continues to recover at the hospital without her family and friends. It’s been difficult for Chrissy and her loved ones to be apart during this time. The hospital nursing team has set up zoom calls to lift Chrissy’s spirits as she fights to recover.
Chrissy’s niece, Lilia, shared her thoughts about the transplant in this beautiful statement: “I’ve been working in the garden and I have seen what happens when a plant is transplanted. It looks wilted and really bad until it takes root and I bet it is the same with Lungs. I am picturing Auntie Chrissy’s lungs taking root and blooming. I think they just need time and right now they are taking root.”
Chrissy and her family are so thankful for the transplant that saved her life, and for the love and support of so many during this difficult time. The recovery will be long and challenging, but Chrissy has always been a fighter and is staying strong and working through the obstacles. She looks forward to fully recovering so she can be more active and enjoy life with her family and friends. But right now, Chrissy needs your help.
The average double-lung transplant costs more than $1 million, and that’s only the beginning. Even with health insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant costs, she faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of her life, she will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to her survival as the transplant itself. Once Chrissy has recovered from surgery, she will move to an acute rehab facility that will add to her financial burdens. She lives more than 200 miles from her transplant center and has had to temporarily relocate to be nearby while she recovers, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food, and lodging.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Chrissy. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT California Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazens Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Chrissy Mizer” on the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Patient Health Institute: Stanford