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February 22, 2023

Inside the OR: Tammy Burton gets a lung transplant

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Inside the OR: Tammy Burton gets a lung transplant

Tammy Burton: Part 2

For the past few months we’ve been following Tammy Burton’s journey to get a much-needed double lung transplant. A few weeks ago, her surgeon, Dr. Chadrick Denlinger invited cameras into the operating room to get an unveiled look at what that surgery entails. “In the OR you can see there are ten people there, at least. These operations could never happen without the anesthesiologists, the anesthesia resident, surgical residents, the surgeons, the nurse circulators, the scrub nurse, perfusionists, and so on. There’s a huge team that’s there, working to get these patients through these high-risk operations.”

Tammy Burton: Part 1

Doctors diagnosed Tammy Burton with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in 2021. Since then her disease has progressed to where she needs a lung transplant. "Once I got to know the [transplant team] I knew right then that IU Health was the place to be," said Tammy who went through the extensive pre transplant process and is now on the transplant list.

"The pre transplant process is a major commitment on the patient and their family," said Dr. Chadrick Denlinger, IU Health's lung transplant program director. "There's a lot that goes into getting through the evaluation. There are lots of appointments, there are lots of tests... but once they actually get to that big day when they get listed it's a huge deal."

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