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By Dallas Smith

Local man receives double lung transplant


On June 28 last year Cliff West and his wife Patty were informed that Cliff had Pulmonary Fibrosis.

He had no idea he had the disease until earlier, in December the year before, when he got bronchitis and was unable to get rid of his cough. He went in and got X-rays; only in June was he informed that he had Pulmonary Fibrosis—and was in its end stages.

After being diagnosed, West had to be on oxygen when he was active. He was on 15 liters of oxygen, a high level, but that didn’t stop him. He stayed active and by doing so stayed fit and healthy.

Pulmonary Fibrosis is when the tissue in the lungs becomes thickened and scarred, making it more difficult to transfer oxygen into the bloodst...

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