H�l�ne Campbell walking, breathing without tubes
Published Saturday, April 14, 2012 3:46PM EDT
Organ donor advocate Hélène Campbell is walking and breathing on her own as she continues to recover from a double lung transplant.
Her family posted an update on their website on Friday, saying the 20-year-old Ottawa native walked around her unit of a Toronto hospital Wednesday then sat in a chair for the second time post-surgery.
Her breathing tube was then removed on Saturday, as she tweeted that afternoon.
"Oh my gosh, what a great day! No more tubes, I can breathe!" she said.
They said she's had difficulty getting sleep because of her busy unit at the Toronto General Hospital, noise from equipment and strong anti-rejection medication.
Campbell underwent her double-lung transplant last Friday, with doctors saying she'll likely be hospitalized for at least a month.
However, two days after her surgery she was opening her eyes and communicating with an alphabet board despite doctors saying she'd likely be in a medically-induced coma for three to four days.
She had learned she would need the transplant last fall after being diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a condition that causes scarring on the lungs.
There is still a risk her body could reject the organs or she could develop an infection.
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