Trans­plant num­ber three

The Glengarry News - - News - BY STEVEN WARBURTON News Staff

Two weeks af­ter re­ceiv­ing his third dou­ble lung trans­plant, Myles Lynch is slowly re­cov­er­ing at the Toronto Gen­eral Hospi­tal.

By now, the 21-year-old na­tive of St. An­drew’s West is used to such pro­ce­dures. Af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with cys­tic fi­bro­sis at the age of one month, he un­der­went his first trans­plant in Oc­to­ber of 2014 when he was 17. Two years later, he had an­other at the age of 19. His last trans­plant took place on Easter Sun­day.

The last op­er­a­tion had some com­pli­ca­tions as there was swelling in the heart and the left ven­tri­cle went into fail­ure. For a num­ber of days, he was hooked up to life­sav­ing ma­chines and had five tubes drain­ing his lungs.

To­day, he is in sta­ble con­di­tion, able to talk and re­cently en­joyed a taco din­ner with his fam­ily and friends.

And although some are say­ing that three dou­ble lung trans­plants is a record, the hospi­tal is not sign­ing off on that just yet. Ap­par­ently, the hospi­tal wants to wait one year be­fore it will deem the trans­plant as “fin­ished.”

In the mean­time, Mr. Lynch is be­ing closely mon­i­tored by physi­cians. He could be re­leased any­time within the next three to six months, but he will have to re­main in the Toronto area as his progress will need to be mon­i­tored.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF LINDA LYNCH

SUC­CESS­FUL TRANS­PLANT: Myles Lynch has just com­pleted his third dou­ble lung trans­plant. He is shown above at the Toronto Gen­eral Hospi­tal along with his sis­ter, Jil­lian.

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