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By Tracy Cuicci, of Wellington, as instructed to Submit reporter, Andrew Marra
I’m grateful that this fall my dad obtained new lungs and a brand new life.
My dad, Ceaser Ciucci, suffered from a terminal lung illness known as Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. By September, he had simply weeks to reside.
Amidst another person’s devastating tragedy sprang hope for us.
At 72, my dad labored onerous to change into eligible for the reward of a lung transplant. In early September he was added to the eligibility checklist on the AdventHealth Transplant Institute in Orlando.
A couple of days later we received the decision.
On Sept. 11 we raced as much as Orlando so surgeons may prep him because the lungs had been flown in by airplane.
He underwent the extraordinary surgical procedure – and he made it! He obtained new lungs and a brand new life.
As he recovered my father was handled like a celeb on the ground. They cheered for him as they watched him take every day laps, asking what lap he was on, marveling at how a lot he was doing.
Two weeks later he sat outdoors for the primary time because the transplant and soaked within the air, recent breaths.
When got here residence from the hospital this month, his Wellington neighbors all gathered and lined the timber in yellow ribbon to welcome him.
We’re extremely grateful to the donor’s household for having made the selfless resolution to donate their beloved one’s organs so my dad may reside. Please contemplate being a donor and giving the reward of life.
And we’re so pleased with my father’s wonderful will to reside, a will that has impressed us all.
This 12 months we have fun hope and new life. However it’s additionally amidst immeasurable tragedy for one more household. Hope has shined brightest for us at present of their darkest moments.
My father acknowledges it is a second alternative at life, and he will get to have it, and to cherish the chance.
That is a high quality message for all of us. Hope you get to do one thing wonderful at present.
Tracy Ciucci, a Wellington resident, is a well being science professor at Palm Seashore State School.
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