Graham’s Transplant Story Garners Statewide Attention

On Feb. 14 – National Organ Donor Day – we published a video featuring Howell Graham. In 1990, Graham was the first UNC Hospitals patient with Cystic Fibrosis to receive a double lung transplant. Now, he’s the longest living lung transplant recipient in the United States.

In the video, Graham recalls what it was like to learn he would be receiving the transplant. His surgeon, Dr. Thomas Egan explains his work and the procedure itself, which was still new at the time. Graham also highlights all he’s been able to accomplish in the years since receiving his new lungs, the gratitude he feels toward his donor, and emphasizes the importance of becoming an organ donor.

The inspiring story has attracted media coverage from the News and Observer as well as several media outlets in Wilmington, where Graham lives. Check out the stories:

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