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Man gets second chance to catch his second wind -- Hospitals an...

There are 21 comments on the The Morning Call story from Mar 27, 2008, titled Man gets second chance to catch his second wind -- Hospitals an.... In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Barry Gross is preparing to undergo something fewer than 200 people in this country have ever had -- a second double-lung transplant.

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Since: May 07

Bethlehem P.A.

#1 Mar 27, 2008
Good Luck And God Bless The Whole Family
From A Liver transplant Survivor,10 Years Post. At H.U.P.
TRIPLE K

Norristown, PA

#2 Mar 27, 2008
I hope he was not a smoker.. Good luck
DipSchlitz

Allentown, PA

#3 Mar 27, 2008
I went to Giant yesterday and saw an old man parked sideways in a handicap spot, smoking with the oxygen contraption in his nose... I picked up the pace of my walk
Sarah

Reading, PA

#4 Mar 27, 2008
This is a great family! I hope all goes well!!
Old RN

Annapolis, MD

#5 Mar 27, 2008
TRIPLE K wrote:
I hope he was not a smoker.. Good luck
The article states that he was a smoker and contributed to his disease progressing more rapidly. I'm on the fence about this--his disease will destroy another set of lungs and that is something that will not change. There are other people that could benefit from the transplant that have other diseases that do not damage the lungs directly. Maybe his brother should be given the next set. My heart goes out to him and his family. Knowing you have a degenerative genetic disease is tough.
tia

Norwalk, CT

#6 Mar 27, 2008
I wanted to respond to the quote below.. His brother is 6'3". This means that the set of lungs needs to come from someone that is at least 6'5". Even if his brother were more severe than him, it's not as common for lungs to become available from a person that is not only 6'5", but also that has healthy lungs. People currently listed for a transplant are not in numerical ordered, they are placed on the list by severity. And as for the disease ruining his next set of lungs.... he transplanted in 1995 and yes, the disease is still in his body... but his new lungs gave him and his family (that includes his wife, his 3 kids, 4 grandkids and 5 step-grandkids) an additional 12 and a half years that would not have been experienced, had he not had that first transplant. In those 12+ years he got to see grandkids born that would have never known their grandfather, he was there to support his sister as she went through her transplant, he was there to watch his youngest daughter graduate high school, his oldest daughter bring his first grandson into the world. Not to mention, continuing to live being grateful for every day that he was given by experiencing the world and making a difference in a countless number of people's lives. Regardless of the disease still being present in his body, the disease is not the reason that he needs to transplant again and he has not smoked since long before his first transplant. This is a man that is grateful for the 2nd chance that he has been given. All we can do is have faith in him being given the chance to experience another 12+ years of good health.
Old RN wrote:
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The article states that he was a smoker and contributed to his disease progressing more rapidly. I'm on the fence about this--his disease will destroy another set of lungs and that is something that will not change. There are other people that could benefit from the transplant that have other diseases that do not damage the lungs directly. Maybe his brother should be given the next set. My heart goes out to him and his family. Knowing you have a degenerative genetic disease is tough.
tia

Norwalk, CT

#7 Mar 27, 2008
ps. i dont know why my comment says Nashua, NH... I'm in Bethlehem, PA
DipSchlitz

Allentown, PA

#8 Mar 27, 2008
That is the address of your ISP
good luck

Stroudsburg, PA

#9 Mar 27, 2008
to him and his family I really wish them the best but have to sit and go why wasnt this an option for my mother that died at 45 due to lung complications... was her life any less important? She isnt getting to be a part of her grandchildrens lives.. and no she was not a smoker
Stay strong

Northampton, PA

#10 Mar 27, 2008
Good luck,fellow camper. The pozzi family

“God Bless Our Soldiers!!!!”

Since: Nov 07

Bethlehem

#11 Mar 27, 2008
Best of luck to the entire family. We always support Billy Gross Lung transplant fund and we hope SOON he is lucky enough too, to get new lungs. God Bless you guys!!

I hope this makes people out there realize the importance of being an organ donor!
Linda

Allentown, PA

#12 Mar 27, 2008
Our thoughts & prayers are with Barry, Judy & their family at this most difficult time. The Reinhard Family.
Sarah

Reading, PA

#13 Mar 27, 2008
Go Tia!!!!!
Joni

Pottersville, NJ

#14 Mar 27, 2008
My brother-in-law is one hell of a guy!!! Our prayers are always with him, as with his family and his brother Bill. His spirit is amazing!! We love you Barry!!!
Denise

Kernersville, NC

#15 Mar 27, 2008
To know this family is to love them dearly. Let us not judge who or who does not receive organs. This goes way beyond our control. Let us be greatful that such a medical miracle is available! The strong will survive! Way to go, Barry!
captain lightning

Allentown, PA

#16 Mar 27, 2008
I've had an organ transplant myself, and so wish the Gross family all the best.

April is "donor awareness month" -- why not register to be an organ donor and perhaps improve someone else's life?

Go here to learn more:

www.donors1.org
++++++++++
"Don't take your organs to Heaven...

Heaven knows, we need them here!"
courtney noti

Lehigh Acres, FL

#17 Mar 27, 2008
Hi judy. Its mikes daughter Courtney. You are both an insperation to us all. Hang in there. All will be well. Take care.
lisa

Allentown, PA

#19 Mar 27, 2008
I think it is great things have worked out. I must say I believe if a younger person is in need they shoud get first go with a lung.
Especially as opposed to someone who was fortunate enough to have had a lung transplant.
I mean no disrespect but organs are hard to come by.
georgene bellizzi

Warminster, PA

#20 Mar 28, 2008
I read with interest your story, and can totally empathize with you and your family, and what you are going through.I experienced this first hand. My husband, Jim, received a doulble lung transplant at Penn on April 12, 1998. it totally changed his life!!!! He had done remarkedly well until the fall of 2006, when he started to experience increasing SOB and fatigue. His health declined, and he was dx with chronic rejection. He was accepted for retransplant, and received his second chance at life on July 27th. Drs. Kotloff, Ayha, and Christie were my husband's physicians too. However, things did not go well, and my husband passed away on Oct 23rd. He never regretted his decision to go for retransplant, and was so grateful for the years he was given.If you would like to contact me, I would love to discuss our situation and experienc with retransplant. You can prob reach me through Penn's transplant program or the Gift of Life program. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.I wish you the best!! Sincerely, georgene bellizzi
Mike Parsley

AOL

#21 Mar 28, 2008
This is wonderful! I had a double lung transplant 41/2 years ago and have been living life to the fullest since. I wish Barry and his entire family the best. This goes to show that organ donors truely do give, The Gift Of Life!

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