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Three New Organs, One New Life
One year after undergoing a 23-hour triple transplant that gave him two new lungs, a liver, and a kidney, 25-year-old Raymond Fermin says, “I wake up every day feeling grateful that I’m still here and that I can breathe now.”
There was a time when Raymond had to witness life from the sidelines. Born with an aggressive form of cystic fibrosis — a genetic disorder that affects the lungs, pancreas, and other organs — Raymond started experiencing trouble breathing as a teenager. By age 23, cystic fibrosis had ravaged Raymond’s body, causing multiorgan failure and leaving him with limited breathing capacity, recurrent lung infections, cirrhosis in his liver, and advanced kidney disease that led to dialysis.
Transplant Forum Panel
COVID-19, the Vaccine & Transplant Health
On April 14, 2021, The Transplant Forum hosted a panel with Columbia faculty to discuss the effects of COVID-19 and the vaccine on transplant patients. The panelists answered questions and provided the latest updates on research and clinical implications for lung, liver, kidney, and heart transplant patients, and for both pediatric and adult patients.
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