Twenty years ago, Sandra Haggray, a singer with a master’s in vocal performance was singing a hymn on the radio when she began to cough. So started her long battle with life-threatening lung issues. Over the years she went through batteries of tests. No one could find the reason for her lung problems. This talented singer was reduced to living on oxygen 24 hours a day.
Then, Sandra caught a cold and her health began to decline rapidly. Her pulmonologist referred her to the lung transplant team at University Health System. Thinking beyond a diagnosis, the lung transplant team knew that only a transplant could save Sandra’s life. Shortly after her surgery was approved, the call came that a donor lung had been found.
With a prayer for her donor and his family, she underwent surgery immediately. Her recovery went well. And just ten days after surgery, Sandra walked out of the hospital, savoring a deep breath of fresh air for the first time in twenty years.