Sometimes miracles happen when you least expect them. No one believes that more than Fleming Island, Fla., resident Shirley Thompson, whose tale of how she received two new lungs while in a medically induced coma at Mayo Clinic in Florida isn’t exactly the typical scenario.
The 48-year-old married mother of two was first diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in March 2012 by her local pulmonologist after undergoing an EKG and experiencing shortness of breath. She was eventually referred to Mayo Clinic for an evaluation and was put on continuous high-flow oxygen during treatment for her lung condition. Ms. Thompson re-entered the hospital in October 2012 for an unrelated hysterectomy surgery and that’s when her condition took a dramatic turn for the worse. Her lung (and related heart) problems worsened after the surgery and she was then put in a medically induced coma once it was determined that she was going to need a double lung transplant and heart surgery in order to survive. That’s when her miracle happened.