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Transplant Type - Double-lung

In 2011, he was admitted to the hospital after a severe bout with pneumonia. During follow-up tests, he was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema. He also has four congenital heart defects, requiring a pacemaker. Doctors say a double-lung transplant is critical to his survival. Thankfully, his cardiologist feels that his heart is healthy enough to withstand the surgery, and he was recently added to the transplant waiting list.

During this challenging time, Jim is extremely grateful for the love and support of Terry, his wife of 37 years, who does so much for him. Jim and Terry have three sons and six grandchildren, who mean the world to them both. He loves spending as much time as possible with his family, and he hates that he can no longer join family outings to the beach or go to his grandchildren’s ballgames. He looks forward to the transplant that will allow him to participate in more family activities and give him freedom from the oxygen tank. Although his heart condition will limit his activity level somewhat, he’ll still be able to do so much more than he can now.

Jim was a volunteer firefighter for 10 years and an EMT for 17 years. When his oldest sons were younger, he was an assistant coach and trainer with their football teams. As someone who is always ready to lend a helping hand, it’s difficult for him to ask for help now that the roles are reversed.

The average double-lung transplant costs nearly $800,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even though his health insurance will cover the transplant itself, he faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very costly, and they are as critical to his survival as the transplant itself. He also incurs expenses when traveling for check-ups and evaluations, as he lives 82 miles from the hospital.

You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Jim. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Michigan Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write "in honor of Jim Collins" on the memo line.

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