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Lodi High School valedictorian Emma Greene undergoes transplant, in stable condition

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Posted: Sunday, October 2, 2011 6:15 pm | Updated: 11:48 am, Mon Oct 3, 2011.

Lodi's Emma Greene underwent a lung and liver transplant operation and was in stable condition Sunday night at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.

Greene came out of surgery late Saturday afternoon. Surgeons told family members the lengthy operation was generally a success and that the transplanted organs were a good match. However, a follow-up operation is scheduled Monday morning to help deal with internal bleeding.

The donor is a 24-year-old woman who died of a brain anuerysm, according to Greene's mother, Haley Greene.

Greene, valedictorian of the Lodi High School class of 2011, waited two years for the transplants. She suffers from cystic fibrosis, a progessive disease that attacks the respiratory system. The transplants were the only real hope of significantly extending her life.

"If all goes well, this will totally change Emma's life," her father, Mick Greene, said Sunday evening. "No more tubes, no more machines."

The follow-up surgery planned Monday is required in about 15 percent of liver and lung transplant patients, doctors told the family. Internal bleeding is a constant concern with such transplants, but medical staff advised Greene's parents that the extent of the bleeding had decreased dramatically from Saturday to Sunday evening.

Greene was heavily sedated Sunday, but nurses told her parents she could likely hear them.

"After the surgery Monday, she'll be out for a couple more days and then they say she will start coming around," Mick Greene said. She will be in the intensive care unit for at least two days after Monday's procedure, then will be transferred to a general hsopital ward for about two weeks. She'll complete her stay at the Ronald McDonald House on the hospital grounds, a special residence for young patients who have undergone major surgeries and treatments.

Greene earned a 4.5 GPA to become her class valedictorian, despite taking many of her classes through independent study because doctors were worried about the risk of infection from attending classes at the campus full-time. She plans to study at UC Davis after recovery.

Greene got the call for the transplant Wednesday afternoon. The surgery was delayed several times.

Speaking from her hospital room before surgery, Greene said she was excited but happy the wait for the transplants was nearing an end.

"My family and I have waited two years for this," she said. "I'm definitely ready."

Contact Editor Rich Hanner at richardh@lodinews.com.

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1 comment:

  • jamie shipman posted at 10:28 am on Mon, Oct 3, 2011.

    jamie shipman Posts: 10

    what a wonderful story, we will continue to pray for this young woman that she heals well and fast



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