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On February 5, 2017 Jamie had a double lung transplant at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago. This has been a long time coming as in early 2014 he was diagnosed with Chronic Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis, an aggressive interstitial lung disease. This disease causes inflammation in the lungs that in turn develops into pulmonary fibrosis (scaring of the lung tissue).

Though he tried every traditional and alternative medical treatment available, his lung function has continued to decline rapidly. Eventually, Jamie has needed to use supplemental oxygen 24/7 and has no longer been able to work. At the time of his transplant his lung function was under 16% capacity; which his doctors said was an indicator not only of the severity of his disease, but also a testament to his strength as they have never seen a patient with such poor lung function not in a coma. That said, his only hope for survival was a double lung transplant. This procedure is one of the longest, most dangerous, and complicated surgeries that one can undergo, however, so far Jamie is thriving. He has a long road ahead of him with at least several weeks of inpatient care, several months of 24 hour care, and at least a year before he can start working again.

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September 30, 2021

Still living and breathing, what a time for a double lung transplant to be followed by a world wide airborne pandemic that attacks the lungs! Yet, I'm out over four years now from transplant, and all things considered doing well. Thank you for all of your support!

February 6, 2020

Birthday number 3 was yesterday, feeling good, doing good. Had to deal with a bit of pneumonia at the start of the year, yet my compromised immune system was still able to fight it off, eventually. Cheers to a happy and healthy 2020, and 3rd year as a double lung transplant survivor.

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April 15, 2017

I drove by your old house in Perry the other day so I figured i'd look you up.. I stumbled on this sight.. I just want you to know that you are the strongest person I've ever known.. Hands Down.. I'm hoping for a fast, healthy revovery.. You got this brother.. Love ya man

Steven Aruta

March 2, 2017

well Jamie, you got me beat by 10" - the family record for incision length now passes to you!! We're so glad to hear that you're doing really well & send our best wishes for your continuing recovery.

Aunt Sue & Uncle Jim

March 1, 2017

I'm so glad to hear of your great progress. Keep on truck'in Jamie! I just know this is going to work out well for you.Love,

Aunt Jan