Colorado’s first double-lung and liver transplant

Jan. 26, 2016

Since birth, Shaun had been living with cystic fibrosis, a disease that causes severe dysfunction in the respiratory and digestive systems. Despite his doctors’ best efforts to manage the disease, Shaun was struggling: his weight had dropped below 90 pounds, and he was not expected to live much longer. To have a chance at long-term survival, he would need two new lungs and a new liver.

Shaun made the trip to the University of Colorado Hospital for the first double lung and liver transplant ever performed in the state. Shaun now has a chance at something he never thought would be his: a life free of cystic fibrosis.

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UCHealth is an innovative, nonprofit health system that delivers the highest quality medical care with an excellent patient experience. With 24,000 employees, UCHealth includes 12 acute-care full-service hospitals and hundreds of physicians across Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. With University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus as its academic anchor and the only adult academic medical center in the region, UCHealth pushes the boundaries of medicine, providing advanced treatments and clinical trials and improving health through innovation.