A woman from Canada who was near the brink of death last year due to lung complications and whose incredible story was only made public recently was apparently able to live for six days after both her lungs were surgically removed.
According to the Telegraph, 32-year-old Melissa Benoit had to undergo the drastic measure due to cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening condition where bacteria infects the lungs.
“We had to make a decision because Melissa was going to die that night. Melissa gave us the courage to go-ahead,” said Dr. Shaf Keshavjee, a surgeon at the Toronto General Hospital.
Benoit’s organs were replaced by an artificial lung in a nine-hour operation conducted by 13 medical personnel.
Fortunately, she survived for six days without her lungs before undergoing another operation where a pair of donor lungs were transplanted into her body.
Benoit is now living a normal life after getting a much needed breath of fresh air thanks to her new lungs.