Transplants: A story of survival

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) She was always tired, she was out of breath and required oxygen and just couldn’t  live her life. Now Rose Black can, after receiving a double lung transplant just two months ago. Black, a 42-year old mother of three was living with Bronchiolitis obliterans also called constrictive bronchiolitis. It’s defined as a rare and life-threatening form of non-reversible obstructive lung disease in which the bronchioles (small airway branches) are compressed and narrowed by fibrosis (scar tissue) and/or inflammation.

Spectrum Health offers heart and lung transplant surgery for people with end-stage, chronic and advanced diseases through the Richard DeVos Heart & Lung Transplant Program. The Heart & Lung Specialized Care Clinics, part of the transplant program, provides evaluation, treatment and monitoring of patients with advanced heart and lung disease.
Referral to the clinics is required. Please call 616.391.2802 for more information. Or complete a self-evaluation at

Martin Strueber, MD
Richard DeVos Heart & Lung Transplant Program
330 Barclay St Suite 200 MC 258
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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