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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Great news for one young Lisbon resident

Lisbon woman doing well after double lung transplant

LISBON — A young woman whose life was turned upside down by illness is doing well after a double-lung transplant in Cleveland on Friday.
The doctors had told Renee Brodeur that she needed the transplant if she hoped to lead anything approaching a normal life.
Renee, 25, was diagnosed in 2008 with Still's disease, a rare form of arthritis marked by fevers, pain and rashes, and in 2010 with pulmonary hypertension. The two conditions left her virtually bedridden. Placed on the national waiting list for lung transplants, there was little Renee could do but pass the time until the call came to alert her that a pair was available.
The call came at 3:30 a.m. Friday, said her mother, Madeleine Brodeur. The pair rushed to pack and reach the Auburn airport by 7 that morning, when a jet from the Cleveland Clinic was scheduled to pick them up.