• By Laurel Kelly

Sharing Mayo Clinic: A double lung transplant means a new chance at life

December 22, 2019
Sharing Mayo Clinic patient Tim Thomforde hiking with his dog

When Tim Thomforde was diagnosed with COPD, his quality of life began to gradually decline, and he had to abandon many of the activities he enjoyed. Since undergoing a double lung transplant two years ago, however, Tim has had experiences he never dreamed possible when he was struggling with COPD.


For Tim Thomforde, the difference between life before and after his double lung transplant has been striking. Tim went from being in a wheelchair on oxygen for nine years to walking his dog at 14,000 feet on top of a mountain in Colorado following his transplant in August 2017.

"It was pretty amazing because when they pulled the tube out, I could take deep breaths," Tim says. "It was like waking up from a bad dream. It had been 12 years since I felt I could really breathe."

Read the rest of Tim's story.

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This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.

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