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Published on Sep 10, 2018
After 33 years of smoking cigarettes, quitting did not stop the harmful effects for Renown Pulmonary Rehabilitation Patient, Mary Richardson. She had developed a chronic lung disease, COPD. Richardson’s breathing became more difficult to the point where she was on oxygen 24/7 and found it hard to even do daily tasks. Richardson says, " I began getting sick and having exacerbations where I couldn't breathe at all and had to call 911. One of the last times leaving my lips were blue, my nails were blue. My husband didn't know, if by the time he got to the emergency room, I'd even be alive" Richardson’s doctor, Renown Pulmonologist, Christina Ann Szot, MD, recommended a lung transplant. In order to qualify for a transplant, Mary had to complete the Renown Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. "I didn't want to leave after the eight weeks were over. It was absolutely wonderful," says Richardson. "They got me to walking on the treadmill, lifting weights. And they had the educational part, which was so helpful." Richardson believes the pulmonary rehabilitation made all the difference in her recovery as well. "My life today is wonderful. I had my lung transplant November 10th last year and I am so grateful," says Richardson. “I wouldn't be here. I wouldn't. I'd be dead because it was getting to where I couldn't do much without getting short of breath. They really gave me my life back and ready for transplant." #renownhealth#pulmonaryrehab