Phil Langford

Phil Langford's failing lungs kept him from doing everyday activities — even a quick trip to the grocery store required too much energy. Phil, who was diagnosed with emphysema, also suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Over the years, Phil’s lungs had deteriorated, eventually requiring full dependence on an oxygen machine.

Due to the deteriorating condition, a transplant was his best option. In November 2009, Phil became the 75th patient to undergo a lung transplant at the Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center. Just eight hours after the successful transplant surgery, Phil was removed from oxygen and breathing on his own.

After only a short stay in the hospital, Phil’s physicians sent him home. He quickly returned to his normal activities and now enjoys time with his family.