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 double 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.