Local woman returns home after double lung transplant


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Local woman returns home after double lung transplant

By Cody Holyoke. CREATED Nov 13, 2013

ALLENTON -- Heather Langenecker spent the past six months in a hospital bed, hooked to machines. In need of a critical transplant, the Allenton woman waited for a miracle.


She got her wish.

Langenecker, 25, is now home after battling a serious bout with cystic fibrosis.  She needed a ventilator to breathe and couldn’t speak. Heather waited for a new pair of lungs.

An eleventh hour donation saved her life.

"The doctors said I only had a month to live, once they took my lungs out. With those lungs, I only had a month to live," she explained.

Heather fought hard to get home by November 15th, her 26th birthday.

While she stayed in the hospital, her friends, family, and strangers offered their support and prayers online.

"My doctor said this wasn't science. This was a miracle of God, so I think all the praying did help," Heather explained.

Heather’s mom, Julie, spent only four days at home. She tells TODAY’S TMJ4 it’s overwhelming to see her daughter back in Allenton.

"It's wonderful. I'm so happy. I can't even say how happy I am to have the whole family home again," Julie exclaimed.

Heather needs to take dozens of medications related to her transplant.

She’s just happy to be able to live again.

"[I’ll be] trying to get back to myself and my life and be able to do the things I used to do and love," Langenecker said.

If you’re a Wisconsin resident and wish to become an organ donor, click here. To join the ‘Pray for Heather’ Facebook page, click here.