Cystic fibrosis patient dating
Her family and fiancé were told Ashley was a match for a pair of donor lungs, and she was finally going to get her transplant after being listed for more than two years.
A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections, obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
It is the most common fatal genetic disorder affecting Canadian children and young adults.
, a species of multidrug resistant mycobacteria, has recently emerged as a significant global threat to individuals with cystic fibrosis and other lung diseases.
It can cause a severe pneumonia leading to accelerated inflammatory damage to the lungs, and may prevent safe lung transplantation.
Overall post-transplant one-, five- and 10-year survival was 87.8 per cent, 66.7 per cent and 50.2 per cent. Stephenson found a patient's age at the time of the transplant was a significant predictor of survival.