The operation and recovery
D'Cuhna explained why Mallory needed the specific operation, "a double-lung transplant is for those with end-stage lung disease who cannot perform normal activities and whose lung function is really deteriorating. We take out diseased lungs, give them viable donor lungs, and a new lease on life. The operation typically involves a six- to 12-hour operation. Recovery usually includes two to three weeks in the hospital, and a patient's quality of life is much improved one to two months after post-transplant." For such a complicated procedure, it is certainly fortunate that Mallory is doing so well, and the many benefits of the procedure are yet to come.