For some people with severe lung disease, a lung transplant is their only remaining option for survival. Several lung transplants are done on Saskatchewan people each year. There are many people waiting for the donation of new lungs. Saskatchewan is too small for a viable transplant program so most lung transplantation patients are sent to the Edmonton program.
Lung Association Actions
The Lung Association supports the Division of Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, which includes a respirologist who trained at the Edmonton transplant program. He now conducts some of the pre- and post-lung transplant clinical work here in Saskatchewan which saves extra trips to Edmonton. The Lung Association is supporting his research on improving the success of lung transplantation.
The Lung Association also supports lung transplant recipients by covering the costs of some of the important medical equipment needed for lung transplant patients. Find out more here: Lung Transplant Funding/Support.