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Pulmonology Patient Stories

Our patient stories profile those who came to UPMC for asthma treatment or lung transplants. Although each person's care experience is unique, we share these stories to give prospective patients and their families hope. 

Note: These patients' treatments and results may not be representative of all similar cases.

Rachel Mabb

Rachel Mabb

Rachel Mabb had experienced health issues early in life, but in 2014, what she believed to be merely a minor condition suddenly turned serious

Read Rachel's Story.

Asthma Institute Patient Stories

Tere Long

Tere Long

Shortness of breath and exhaustion were controlling Tere Long's life. But with the help of Sally Wenzel, MD, a world-renowned asthma expert and researcher, she now has her life back.

Read Tere's story.

Doris Coletta

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Before seeing Dr. Wenzel at the Asthma Institute, Doris Coletta had severe asthma without much hope of feeling better.

A patient of UPMC since 2007, Doris resolves to live each day to the fullest, with the help of her asthma team. 

Now retired, Doris enjoys time with friends and family and doing the things she loves.

Read Doris' story.

Pulmonary Embolism Patient Story

Meet Rick | Routine Care Patient Story

During a visit with his primary care doctor of nearly 20 years, Rick Fedell mentioned he’d been feeling fatigued and short of breath lately. Fortunately, Rick’s primary care doctor, Hubert Shick, MD, recognized the potentially serious nature of Rick’s fatigue and shortness of breath when Rick didn’t.

Read Rick's Story.

Lung Transplant Patient Stories

Paul McGuinness: In 1988, Paul McGuinness became the second person at UPMC to receive a double lung transplant. More than 30 years later, he’s enjoying life and giving hope to other lung transplant recipients.

Lauren Costa: Doctors diagnosed Lauren Costa with cystic fibrosis as a baby. After learning a lung transplant could save her life, she turned to the best place to handle her case. Lauren came to the UPMC Lung Transplant Program.

Jason Gregg: In 2008, Jason Gregg learned he had only two years to live due to complications from cystic fibrosis. A native Pittsburgher, he chose to have a lung transplant at UPMC.

Nancy Matthews: On December 10, 2008, Nancy received her double lung transplant at UPMC Presbyterian. Just two years later, she hiked the mountains at Yellowstone National Park.

Rebecca Poole: Living with cystic fibrosis left Rebecca Poole with a rollercoaster of challenges to overcome. When her health severely declined, Rebecca and her husband traveled to UPMC to receive a lung transplant that would save her life.

Jay Starr: After chronic rejection from a past lung transplant, Jay Starr came for a lung evaluation at UPMC in Pittsburgh. In February 2015, Jay underwent a second lung transplant at UPMC and was able to return home in May.