Massachusetts General Hospital Transplant Center patients reflect on their journeys. Meet Amy DeStefano, the first person in New England to receive a heart transplant using the new "heart in a box" technology; Thomas DeRigo, who received a single lung transplant; and Andrew Johnson, who as a toddler received his mother's kidney.
Diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, Thomas Derigo, a husband and father to two teenage girls, had only one option: lung transplantation. Under the expert care of his team at Mass General, Thomas’s transplantation was a success, giving him the ability to live life normally and do the things he loves the most.
36-year-old Connecticut resident Benard Basant got his life back when he underwent the MGH’s first combined heart-lung transplant surgery.