"When the pandemic hit, our response — unlike much of the lung transplant community — was not to ramp down,” recalls Jeff Lysne, MS, the Lung Transplant Program’s lead organ procurement specialist (pictured on a procurement).
“Dr. Bharat thought we could safely transplant throughout the pandemic, and the need was dire," Lysne says. "Even before the first COVID-19 patient, we were the busiest we had ever been, and it only got busier.”
For Lysne, one of the satisfying successes of the past year was a transplant for a non-COVID-19 patient, who had waited a long time for a compatible donor. During the pandemic, a match came up, and the Lung Transplant Program, having continued full operations, was able to help her. “I visited her a month later, and she looked like a totally different person; she’s able to breathe again,” Lysne says.