Melissa Benoit is a nurse by trade, but she’d never heard of a surgery like this. Doctors removing both of a patient’s lungs which had never been done before.
Melissa suffers from cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects the lungs, pancreas, liver, kidneys and intestine. Three years ago, she came down with a lung infection that later spread to other parts of her body. Doctors prescribed antibiotics, but they weren’t working; a bout with the flu caused Melissa’s ribs to fracture from coughing too much.