Illinois Man Becomes Kentucky’s Oldest Lung Transplant Recipient


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Bill Ray of Chittyville, Illinois needed a lung transplant, but at 73, he was past the age limit imposed by many transplant centers.  Ray made his way to Louisville after learning that Jewish Hospital does not have an age cut-off, but instead evaluates the overall health of the patient seeking a transplant.

Ray suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, a scarring of the lung tissue that is permanent once developed.  Other than the fibrosis, his overall health was good and his other organs were healthy, yet he only had about one-year to live without a transplant. Late last year, Ray became the oldest patient in Kentucky to receive a lung transplant.

What:    Interview Opportunity with Kentucky’s Oldest Lung Transplant Recipient and Physicians

When:  Thursday. March 14
              Opportunities available from Noon to 1:45 p.m.
               ***Schedule a time by calling Lori Riddle Eberenz at 503.589.7711 or emailing***

Where:  Jewish Hospital Center for Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiothoracic Transplantation
               10th Floor, Rudd Heart and Lung Center
               201 Abraham Flexner Way

    • Interviews with Bill Ray, Kentucky’s oldest lung transplant recipient
    • Interviews with Allan Ramirez. M.D., Medical Director of Transplantation at the Center for Advanced   Heart Failure and Cardiothoracic Transplantation at Jewish Hospital
    • Interviews with Dr. Victor van Berkel, Jewish Hospital transplant surgeon; University Cardiothoracic   Surgical Associates




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