NYC teacher on mend after delaying lung transplant

NEW YORK (AP) — A teacher who postponed a lung transplant so she could prepare her students for important state exams is preparing to return to her New York City classroom.

The Daily News (http://nydn.us/1ruTaxu ) caught up with Tricia Moses for a story Sunday.

The 39-year-old was diagnosed in May 2011 with scleroderma. It causes skin and connective tissue to thicken. The autoimmune ailment had settled in her lungs, making it difficult for her to breathe.

Doctors told Moses in May 2012 that she needed a lung transplant. But she was determined to prepare her Brooklyn special-needs third-graders for exams the next year.

Shortly after the April 2013 tests, she went to Pittsburgh to be treated and await a transplant at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She had the surgery in January.

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