Let’s be honest; we take many things in our lives for granted. Breathing, for example, can be something we don’t think about; we just do it.
From the time she was a little girl, Jennifer Jones had difficulty breathing. Doctors thought severe allergies was the culprit. It wasn’t until she was 30 and a new mother to her son did Jennifer receive the correct diagnosis. She had cystic fibrosis.
This genetic condition causes mucus to build up in the body, which leads to internal inflammation and significant permanent scarring of organs.
This condition can shorten a person’s life. Jennifer’s diagnosis was so severe; she was placed on a transplant list. She wouldn’t survive long with her lungs only functioning at 10%.
Jennifer’s fiance, Ron got the call from the hospital – a pair of lungs was available. Jennifer received the new lungs, and Ron recorded the first time she attempted to breathe with her new organs.
Would her new lungs work? Was the double transplant a success?
After the doctor removed the tape from her cheeks and the breathing tube from her throat, Jennifer began to take breaths on her own.
Her face says it all. The wonder, shock then joy of being able to breathe on her own. Her doctor prompted her to say “hello,” which she did.
Jennifer’s eyes take in the sensations of breathing independently. Her doctor said: “This is what I like about my job.”
Watch this incredible moment yourself.