Rob Ronnenberg is hoping that a video that is well on its way to going viral will make people aware of how powerful the selfless act of donating one’s organs can be.
In the video, which Ronnenberg uploaded onto YouTube, his fiancée, Jennifer Jones, takes her first unassisted breath after receiving a lung transplant. Her reaction says it all.
Jones has cystic fibrosis.
According to ABC News 6, Jones was ill when she was younger and doctors diagnosed her with allergies and asthma. It wasn’t until she was close to 30 years old and had just given birth to her son that she discovered she had been misdiagnosed.
She had cystic fibrosis, an inherited disorder that generally affects the lungs.
After being placed on oxygen, Jones was added to the lung transplant list.
In October 2016, Jones’ condition worsened and she had to be put on oxygen full time.
She was put on the transplant list, with intentions of her receiving a new set of lungs sometime in the following year—but things got even worse for Jones.
Only a few weeks later, Jones’ lung function was about 10%.
Jones needed a transplant and she needed it now.
Shortly after Jones’ decline in health, she received good news.
“The nurse comes in the room and says, ‘Hey you’re going to get a phone call,’ and then the phone rang,” Ronnenberg told ABC News 6.
“All of a sudden she goes, ‘Are you for real, are you serious? Is this really happening?'”
And just like that, Jones’ new lungs were available. Not long after the phone call, she underwent her double lung transplant.
The moment Jones took her first unassisted breath after her transplant was captured on camera.
After her transplant Jones took her first unassisted breath and the look in her eyes when she took that first deep breath said how amazed and happy she was.
“I felt like I was flying. I thought I was just up there and couldn’t take a deep enough breath, and it was incredible,” Jones said.
After saying “hi” to everyone in the room, she continued peacefully breathing on her own, grateful for every breath she took.
“You’ve been breathing for 43 minutes all by yourself.”
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