She expected to die young. Then came the call that offered new life

September 30, 2018

( CNN) Having spent a one-quarter of their own lives in the hospital, she knows how to sleep through noise. She’s so good at it that she worried the phone call wouldn’t wake her.

But when her cell resound at about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, she was ready.

On the other objective was the news Claire Wineland had been waiting for: Physicians had observed a pair of donor lungs. She’d been on the transplant list for just over two weeks after months of uncertainty. Now she was getting her chance at an extension of life.

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