Emilio Tongun Mongu
Transplant Type: Double Lung
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Emilio Mongu is fighting for his life. In 2010, scars were found in his lungs, and by 2015, he began experiencing shortness of breath and coughing. These symptoms continued to progress, resulting in a diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in 2018. By 2020, Emilio’s illness reached end stage and now doctors say a double-lung transplant is critical. While awaiting his transplant, Emilio must rely on an oxygen tank for every breath.
During such a challenging time, Emilio is thankful to be surrounded by a strong support system of family and friends. His beautiful wife, Flora, and their five children have been by his side every step of the way. Their wonderful family and friends have provided much needed love, encouragement, and help to make sure everything is taken care of. While it’s been very hard for Emilio and Flora, these circumstances have also brought them closer together, strengthened their trust in each other, and given them perspective on what matters most in life.Before he became ill, Emilio enjoyed being active outdoors, interacting with and supporting the community, and spending time with his family, but these days, his activities are quite limited. Emilio looks forward to the transplant that will allow him to live life with as few limitations as possible, but right now, he needs your help.
Unfortunately, Emilio’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price.
The average double-lung transplant costs more than $1 million. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health insurance, which will cover the cost of the transplant, he faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.
Emilio lives 120 miles from the transplant center, and he incurs substantial expenses each time he visits for evaluations and doctors’ appointments. When he receives his transplant, Emilio and Flora will need to stay near the hospital, during recovery, adding to the financial strain.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Emilio. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Maine Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Ste 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Emilio Mongu” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Massachusetts General Hospital