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Every Breath You Take: The Life of a Lung Transplant

When you have Cystic Fibrosis - a genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections - a lung transplant can be a life-saving surgery. But what if you’re not sure you want it? And if you do get it, what new challenges will they present to your newly-extended life? 

Hear an audio documentary by Audacious Executive Producer Catie Talarski that follows two CF patients for one year as they grapple with the choice to pursue lung transplants. Then, she catches up with one of the subjects 10 years later.

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  • Brian Sercus was, among many things, an artist, movie critic, and a fan of Dungeons and Dragons. He died of Cystic Fibrosis complications in 2011 at 30 years old
  • Mary ElizaBeth Peters is an author, a patient advocate, and a theater arts educator. She has Cystic Fibrosis and received a double lung transplant in July of 2010
  • Dr. Ahmet Uluer is the Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program & Director of the Weitzman Family Bridges Adult Transition Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School

Jessica Severin de Martinez and Catie Talarski contributed to this show.

Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.
Chion Wolf is the host of Audacious with Chion Wolf on Connecticut Public.

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