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Richard Patient Story


Richard's Road to Recovery

In 2015, Richard — who suffers from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis — returned to UPMC for a second lung transplant evaluation. Despite being very sick, he was still too healthy to be placed on the transplant waiting list. However, within three weeks — Richard’s condition took a turn for the worse.

Suffering from a partial lung collapse — he went to UPMC Presbyterian and the transplant team immediately placed him on the lung transplant waiting list. However, Richard’s condition worsened to the point that doctors placed him on life support.

Richard continued to fight. Within a month, he was stable enough to have a dou​ble lung transplant.

Richard experienced some additional complications after his surgery — however he was still determined to live his life to the fullest. While still recovering from surgery he returned to his work as a councilman for the city of Lower Burrell and that fall he was elected the city’s mayor.

Read more about Richard’s double lung transplant surgery at UPMC.

Quality care at UPMC

Quality, Safety, and Innovation at UPMC

As one of the nation’s top-ranked hospital systems, UPMC is a leader in improving quality and safety for its network.

The Wolff Center at UPMC provides 14 key principles to help ensure that patients are receiving our promise of safe, exceptional care.

Our goal is to deliver the right care, in the right way, at the right time to every patient. Learn more about our mission to always provide you with a high quality and safe patient experience

UPMC Provides Guidance for Breast Cancer Awareness

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and UPMC wants to provide you and your loved ones with life-saving information to help combat the most commonly diagnosed cancer amongst American Women.

Although death rates for breast cancer have decreased since the 1980s — one out of eight women will still develop a form of invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. That’s why it’s essential to take action and detect potential cancer cells as early as possible.

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