Arthur Magana, Jr., Transplant Recipient
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I am very grateful to my donor...
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 12/1/15 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 an organ donor and so is my wife.