Arthur Magana, Jr., Transplant Recipient

Arthur Magana, Jr.

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Arthur Magana Jr. passed away during his second double-lung transplant in November 2017. Please click here to access his obituary and information about services.

Exactly one year ago today, my husband Arthur received a second chance at life. A set of new lungs. Although he has had many ups and downs throughout this year…he is still here. Breathing with no oxygen. Our family is very grateful to his donor for giving him the most precious gift anyone could ever receive…the gift of life…a second chance. #DonateLife

Almost exactly one year ago, I was at work changing a pump in a chlorine dioxide trailer. The line was not flushed before they asked me to change the pump so chlorine dioxide came pouring out. I quickly changed the pump and then washed out the trailer as the chemical is highly flammable. I wasn’t feeling good so I ended up going to the hospital where no one knew how to treat me. By the grace of God, after 10 hospitalizations and being on oxygen 24/7 at four liters, I met Dr. Saggar with Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix. He is the only one that was able to figure out that my lungs were destroyed in the deep tissue and that I would probably not survive a biopsy. I was added to the transplant list on Dec. 1, 2015 for a double-lung transplant. In January 2016, I received the gift of life. I received my new lungs. I am very grateful to my donor, as I have been given a chance to spend more time with my wife and three children. I tell everyone to donate. I am a registered organ donor and so is my wife.

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  1. March 20th, 2019 | Bre Magana |

    I love you and miss you very much Arthur. The kids miss you and I would be lying if I said this hasn’t been the hardest thing I’ve ever dealt with. See you on the other side babe...give my dogs a hug from me. ♥️ Your wife Bre

  2. November 16th, 2017 | Anonymous |

    Love you

  3. November 7th, 2017 | Bre Magana |

    I’m very sad to say that my husband passed away https://11.4.2017. He was a great father. He loved his mother and his brother and sisters very much. He is going to be greatly missed. Don’t know how to do this and don’t really want too. Love you always and forever.

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  5. November 5th, 2017 | Laura Mullins |

    Rest in peace Arthur, you fought a good fight. You will always be remembered by me and my family as a very kind, generous and respectful man. You fought so hard to turn things around and live a good life only to be cheated time and again. I know you'll watch over Bre and the kids...I know you're in a better place and you're physical suffering has ended. I'm so sad for your family.? Deepest Sympathies, Aunt Laura

  6. August 9th, 2017 | Andrea |

    Aww thats so awesome ..Congrats on your new lungs!! I personally must give Dr Saggar a big thumbs up!!! He is definitely Amazing!! Hes the doctor of someone very close too me and definitely takes great care of him and is super smart and very caring about his patients!!!! We really like him and his staff!!

  7. August 9th, 2017 | Andrea |

    Aww thats so awesome ..Congrats on your new lungs!! I personally must give Dr Saggar a big thumbs up!!! He is definitely Amazing!! Hes the doctor of someone very close too me and definitely takes great care of him and is super smart and very caring about his patients!!!! We really like him and his staff!!

  8. August 9th, 2017 | Andrea |

    Aww thats so awesome ..Congrats on your new lungs!! I personally must give Dr Saggar a big thumbs up!!! He is definitely Amazing!! Hes the doctor of someone very close too me and definitely takes great care of him and is super smart and very caring about his patients!!!! We really like him and his staff!!

  9. January 13th, 2017 | Dora |

    Blessings to you and your family Bre. Dora Espinosa

  10. January 13th, 2017 | Jeff |

    Cheers man! What a great story. I too received a double lung transplant last year Memorial Day weekend at UCLA in Los Angeles. I would be on my last year of life if it was not for a donor. Everyday is a new day for I am grateful!

    • July 5th, 2017 | Anonymous |

      Do you know a dr named Dr. Saggar? I believe he is a transplant surgeon there,

    • July 5th, 2017 | Anonymous |

      Do you know a dr named Dr. Saggar? I believe he is a transplant surgeon there,

  11. January 11th, 2017 | JoAnn Magaña Palomar |

    I wanna say I am so Thankful my Brother Arthur recieve a set of Lungs. Thank you to the Donor family for my brother to recieve Lungs .. I love you Arthur . And I pray ever day for u to continue to have ur strength to be strong n fight! I pray everyday for our families . I also pray that our Father God to place his healing hands upon you and continue to heal n give you all the strength to help you get through each day. I love u so much and you and Family in my Prayers . Bre and you n kids are fighting everyday to help you be strong .

  12. January 11th, 2017 | Ponsone bestfriend |

    I love you guys

    • October 12th, 2017 | oh baby |

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  13. January 11th, 2017 | Ponsone bestfriend |

    I love you guys

  14. January 11th, 2017 | Amy Kenney-Hudson |

    Happy 1 year anniversary! You made it Arthur! Keep putting up that good fight! Love you! ♡♡♡

  15. January 11th, 2017 | Bre Magana |

    Holy's been one year already. I can't believe it. I'm so very grateful that you are fighting as hard as you are and you are still here with us. Thank you to your donor and their family. Love you so much.

  16. June 3rd, 2016 | Alex Dunnam |

    This was one prayer that couldn't have been answered fast enough and when it was it was such a relieve that one of my best friends was gonna get to keep on fighting. You were a great coworker and eve better friend , I love u man and Glad ur doing so well. I continue to keep you and the family in my prayers and I'm always here for you whenever u need me.

  17. May 29th, 2016 | Amy Kenney-Hudson |

    I'm so glad you received your lungs when you did. You are such a strong man Arthur. You've gone through such hell. I just know there is a light at the end of this tunnel. I'm so glad Bre and the kids are there for you to support you through this horrible situation. I love you all. If you need me, let me know! ♡♡♡

  18. May 28th, 2016 | Anonymous |

    May God continue to Bless you in your healing physically & spiritually, Arthur. You have come a long way & have so many people praying for you! I know it's so very hard for you too, Bre! Sometimes it's worse watching a loved one suffer than going through it yourself. You were so strong for Arthur & the kids. Love you guys, Paul, michelle, Kyle & Taylor

  19. May 28th, 2016 | Joann Magana |

    Their no words in my heart to explain how grateful I am and how blessed you are in having a second chance in life. I know you're going through the roughest time trying to get those gifted longs to know your body. But after watching you 7 long days and 7 long nights with your wife Bre hoping and praying each and every day you come off the ventilator and begin your new life with those gifted lungs was heart breaking. I flew from Chicago with your dad's ashes I talked to your transplant team and I told them I brought your dad hoping he will help you. We put him at the foot of your bed and each and every day with tears in my eyes flowing I watch the monitor beep because your breathing wasn't good your wife and I would look at each wirh fear in our hesrts knowing things arent going good. But never once whisper our worst fear that we might lose you !!! I would talk to you saying son your dad is here with you, you can do this please fight your kids need you your wife I can't lose you now after your dad just left us. Our fears were getting worst each day you were continuing to stay on that vent .But that Mircle came when we thought we were at no end you finally began to breathe without the vent the best day of my life the relief the smile on your wife's face and mine. That look on your face when you open your eyes will forever be in my mind. I'm truly grateful for the donor whose life is no longer here but giving you his or her gifted lungs before he or she left this earth. Is so sad he or she life has ended but yours has just begun I do not believe in my heart that God would allow this to happen if it wasn't meant to be so please I know you're going through little bumps in the road which seems like mountains of hills that you'll never get over but you will .your a strong fighter and I know the God and your earthly father are walking with you threw this battle.I know the Donor who passed knew one day he or she would give back someone's life, and because of that you have a second chance .I can nevet ever express my gratitude to the donor but you can fight your hardest to let them see how appreciative you are for their lungs and your new gifted life As your mom has watched you for the two weeks I was there I seemed the fight you were fighting and the struggle . It was extemely painful not to beable to do something for you but I know with your wife's backbone and support soon you'll be enjoying those gifted lungs with each breath of fresh air you breathe and doing things you did once before. I will always be grateful to the Lord and the donor who saved my son and gave him two new longs to fight and survive. So I pray many people read your story and become donors and saved many other lives. Because it's a miracle to have you here. Keep fighting keep staying strong because I know between you and your wife and many prayers and love one day this will be just a memory of all the pain.. Lord Jesus thank you for saving my son and I thank the donor and please bless his / her family. "EVERYONE PLEASE BE A DONOR " l Love Son xoxo MOM

  20. May 28th, 2016 | Tina Vasquez-Sirgedas-Spagnola |

    Thank god the transplant was a success may your days that are extended are enjoyed with love of your family. This news warms my heart you will still be in my prayers with God speed Cousin Tina Vasquez-Sirgedas-Spagnola

  21. May 27th, 2016 | Roze Tejeda |

    I am so Unexsplainably happy for my cousin Arthur Magaña Jr. He has and thanks to our God will continue to be a loving careing husband and father to his family. I love you cuzz and I'm so happy for you,Bre and the kids. Love always your cuzz Roseann.

  22. May 27th, 2016 | Frank Magana |

    Get Well Soon!!

  23. May 27th, 2016 | Carmine Perrell |

    Thinking of you and the family.

  24. May 27th, 2016 | peter r guzman jr |

    Hey my courageous cousin keep fighting the fight .ill help out as much as i can i love ya ...somos familia...

  25. May 27th, 2016 | Sandy Amidei-Locascio |

    Bless your heart. Thinking of you & keeping you in my prayers. Sandy Amidei-Locascio (Friends of Dana & Tony)

  26. May 27th, 2016 | Tina calvin |

    Thats right arthur by the grace of are still here the grace of god he made every thing possibe . And look how quick you received the gift of life." so quick .and i know you and your wife/family had faith.through and believen anythings possible . You are a very strong hearted.strong body and mind willing and determined young man" to fight for your have thw most beautifulest kids ever sorry you had to endure the pain and suffering. Thank god for phoenix banner university medical center We love your family. you have the strongest beauriful lil itallian wife ever. she is the back bone" and supporter and a very strong . loveing ..caring person . I know she is your RN..may god bless you mr magana with many .many .many more years of life to come.and yes this does makes me want to also save someone elses life .god have you still here for a reason theres a purpose. God bless

  27. May 27th, 2016 | Dana Perrelli |

    Keep up the strong fight Arthur, the Perrelli's love you and you and your entire family will always have our support. All our love , Tony, Dana and Lia

  28. May 27th, 2016 | Alyssa Hernandez |

    Love you uncle pooie! I'm so proud of how far you have came and I am very grateful for the donor you received your new lungs from. I hope every body can become a donor to help more people. Again I love you uncle!!

  29. May 27th, 2016 | Bre Magana |

    I love you Arthur!!


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