Randy Sims dreamed of playing basketball or golf again. But in
1999, what he wanted most of all was just to take his next breath,
and then the one after that.
Randy, 37, of O'Fallon, MO, has
cystic fibrosis (CF), the most common inherited fatal disease.
Research, medications and treatment approaches, such as those
available at the multi-disciplinary adult CF program at
Barnes-Jewish Hospital, had extended the median life expectancy past
A natural athlete, Randy always lived as actively as
his disease had allowed. But recurrent infections destroyed his
lungs and made breathing a struggle.
Randy went on the waiting list for a lung transplant at
Barnes-Jewish, one of the pre-eminent lung transplant centers in the
world and the first to treat CF with bilateral sequential lung
transplant -- now the standard procedure worldwide. And, because of
Barnes-Jewish's comprehensive team approach to treatment of
respiratory disorders, Randy knew he would be getting top medical
and rehabilitative care before and after surgery.
9, 1999, Randy received a double lung transplant.
wasted a moment of his new life. He went back to work, got married
in Hawaii, and began speaking to organizations about the need for
organ donors. And in a dream come true, he resumed basketball and
golf - with a vengeance - competing in the 2000 and 2002 Transplant
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