DENVER – It’s a feat in itself to run a half marathon, but to run 13.1 miles after a double lung transplant is nothing less than extraordinary.
That’s 46-year-old Gavin Maitland’s story.
“I appreciate every breath. When you can’t breathe nothing else matters. I had a very rare lung disease that came on suddenly at age 41. Before the transplant I was terrible. I could barely breath, I was on oxygen,” Maitland said. “My donor was very young, 22 years old. I was very lucky to get his lungs. I’d be dead without it… I almost passed away five years ago I was getting worse and worse by the day, by the week and I got the transplant just-in-time which is an amazing thing.”
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