Phil Langford was diagnosed with emphysema 10 years ago and suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Over the years, Phil’s lungs deteriorated, eventually requiring full dependence on an oxygen machine. By 2009, the failing organs kept him from doing everyday activities—even a quick trip to the grocery store required too much energy.
But that November, he became the 75th patient in 2009 to undergo a lung transplant at the Methodist Transplant Center. Just eight hours after the successful transplant surgery, Phil was removed from oxygen and breathing on his own.
After a short stay in the hospital, Phil’s physicians sent him home, where he has returned to his normal activities and enjoys time with his family.