Transplant Type: Double Lung
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Nati Salas has been given a second chance at life. In November 2017, he was hospitalized due to shortness of breath, and eventually, he was diagnosed with interstitial lung disease in April 2018. He had to rely on supplemental oxygen for every breath from that day forward. In August 2020, his condition began to worsen again, and doctors said a double lung transplant is critical for his survival. Luckily, he received his double lung transplant on March 11, 2021!
Despite his recent health obstacles, Nati is grateful to have a loving and supportive family. His wife of more than forty-two years, Irma, their three children, and eight grandchildren have been by his side every step of the way. Before his health began to decline, Nati loved working in his yard, maintaining his home, and spending time with his family, but these days, his activities are quite limited. Nati looks forward to fully recovering from his transplant so that he can live his life again. He wants nothing more than to spend many more years making memories with his loved ones, but right now, he needs your help.
Unfortunately, Nati’s new life comes at a very high price.
Even though Nati’s surgery has already taken place, and his insurance will cover a portion of his transplant costs, he still faces significant medical expenses related to the surgery. He will continue to need a lifetime of follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications, which are as critical to his survival as the transplant itself. At this time in his transplant journey, Nati needs help to afford the expensive prescriptions needed to keep his new lungs healthy.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Nati.
If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Illinois Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Nati Salas” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Loyola University Hospital