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TRANSPLANT: Gary McClellan was first double-lung transplant at UW

Letter by Thomas D. Tomasek, Lakewood on July 8, 2013 at 2:12 pm with No Comments »
July 8, 2013 2:12 pm

I read the amazing story of Ken Price (TNT, 7-5), who suffered from cystic fibrosis and, after undergoing a double- lung transplant, has run a marathon and done other amazing things.

Price is given credit for being the first person to have this surgery at the University of Washington, but my former roommate, Gary McClellan, was actually the first double-lung transplant recipient at UW. His surgery was performed on May 20, 1993. He even joked that he would miss the final episode of “Cheers.” His successful surgery was featured on all the local news stations, and I still have a copy of the shows.

I do not want to diminish what Price has accomplished; he is a phenomenal man. I just wanted to give credit to Gary for his courage. Unfortunately he could not write this letter, but he sure loved his life after his transplant.

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