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Former Maderan gets new lease on life by virtue of a lung transplant

On May 25, 2012, after a 34-year fight, Matt DeFina held his own lungs in his hands.

They had been the enemies that had been trying to kill him since birth.

But no more. No longer would those weakened organs that cystic fibrosis had rendered so dysfunctional rob him of life. The beginning of the end of that struggle — with usually-fatal cystic fibrosis — had commenced 10 days earlier when the phone rang at the Bay Area home of Matt, his wife, Denise, and their 4-year-old daughter Gracie. It was the call that would remake their world. About an hour away from their apartment, at the Stanford University Medical Center, someone lay dying, and from that death would come new life.

The young couple made some hurried phone calls to family and friends. They would tell Gracie this would be the last day in which her dad would have to use his abdominal muscles to force air into his damaged lungs. Before the clock struck midnight, Matt would have a double lung transplant...


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