Topeka teen needs double-lung transplant

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka teenager is in North Carolina awaiting a double-lung transplant.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/WDwmPb ) that 19-year-old Michael Pry was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was 3 months old and his health has been declining since August. He received word in January that he needed to begin preparing for the transplant.

His mother, Paula Pry, says Michael is in North Carolina with his father preparing for the double-lung transplant at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. But he needs to gain 20 pounds before he can have the eight-hour transplant surgery. He also has to complete several fitness therapy sessions and have minor surgeries to remove a kidney stone and his tonsils.

Pry says she she's hoping Michael and his father will be home by August.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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