Brenda Lopez works as a surgical technician in the Fondren OR at Houston Methodist Hospital—one of the busiest ORs in Texas for heart and lung transplant. So when her father suddenly needed a lung transplant, she knew that Houston Methodist transplant doctors would be the ones to save him.
Jose Erasmo Lopez was first diagnosed in May 2009 with pulmonary fibrosis, a disease that causes the lungs to become scarred and stiffened. He went in for testing after complaining of discomfort and chest pain, two common symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis. He did well until January 2010, when symptoms suddenly worsened and he could not breathe. Brenda rushed her dad to the ER where doctors determined he needed an immediate lung transplant.
Jose suffered from a continuous fever and had a rare blood type, which did not make him a likely transplant candidate. Just when it looked like he might lose his fight, a generous family donated their loved one’s organs, and Brenda’s father underwent a successful transplant that gave him a second chance at life.
"My father is doing remarkably—he has a whole new outlook on life," Brenda says. "Because of my knowledge and the work I have done in the Fondren OR, my father was able to receive the best care when he needed it most."