shoes timberland area woman needs double lung transplant
Daoust was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age two. She’s taking seven different medications now pills, puffers and inhalers and sometime in the next few weeks or months, she need to move to Toronto.
Daoust must be within two hours travel time to even be considered for a transplant.
we find an address, I will be on the list, she says. could be February, it could be March or June.
it will be sooner than later. Daoust admits, time is precious.
I don get a transplant, I probably don have two years. lungs are functioning at between 15 and 18 per cent capacity. That compares to between 100 and 110 per cent lung function for a healthy 23 year old.
for someone my age, you have 3.80 litres of air going in. I at 0.65 litres. in Toronto, Daoust will need to go to Toronto General Hospital three times a week for testing and physiotherapy to make sure she is strong enough for the transplant.
She will work out to make sure she is physically strong enough, and work with dieticians and a psychiatrist to prepare me. the transplant, Daoust will have to remain for at least three months to make sure her body doesn reject the lungs. During that time, she will live in a virtual bubble, unable to go outside other than to travel to and from the hospital to avoid the risk of infection.
Daoust admits it won be that different from the life she living while waiting.
don have much of a life right now, she admits.
During flu season can go anywhere. Over the next few months, if I catch the flu, I don know if I will recover. will be part of a teleconference call today with the social worker on the transplant team. Once she meets with the team and her ducks in order, Daoust will be on the list as a priority case, Dan Caskenette, her mother partner, says.
we move down, once we find an address, she will be on the list, he explains.
worst thing at this point is the unknown, her mother, Chantal Daoust, says. do we get from point A to point B? once we get the OK, we will be going a hundred miles an hour, Caskenette says.
Her family has started a GoFundMe page with a target of $60,000 to cover moving and living expenses in Toronto while she waits for the transplant and during her recovery period.