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An Iowa teenager is hoping for a lung transplant so she can continue singing

An Iowa teenager is hoping for a lung transplant so she can continue singing

OMAHA, Nebraska (KETV via CNN) – An Iowa teenager’s life has been turned upside down by a health crisis that came to the fore just weeks ago.

Now she and her family hope to receive a much-needed lung transplant so she can continue doing what she loves most.

The sound of 14-year-old Katie Hoskin’s voice is music to her parents’ ears.

“She’s full of joy, all the time,” said Vera Hoskins, Kate’s mother.

But about six months ago, Kate’s parents began to notice changes in their daughter. She tired easily and started having panic attacks.

“We could tell something was wrong,” said Vera. “We weren’t sure what.”

Then two weeks ago her symptoms took a turn for the worst.

“When she entered the kitchen, she went to the pantry and had to rest,” said Vera. “And then she went to the counter, and then she had to rest.”

Moments later, Vera Hoskins said Katie looked like she was going to pass out.

“I grabbed her by the shoulders and I said ‘look at me’, and when she raised her head and looked at me, her face was completely white, her lips were completely white, and her pupils instantly flashed, dilated,” said Vera .

Vera called 911 and tried to continue teaching Katie to breathe in through her nose and out through her mouth.

The teenager, from Soldier, Iowa, went to a local hospital before being transferred to Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

“What we believe Katie has is PVOD, what caused her pulmonary hypertension is extremely rare,” said nurse Venus Anderson. “And so this is the rarest of the rare forms or ideologies of pulmonary hypertension.”

PVOD stands for pulmonary veno-occlusive disease.

“When the lungs are sick and sick from a lot of resistance, the heart can only take it for so long.”

Sister Anderson said Kate’s heart failed the night she went to the hospital.

Katie will now need a lung transplant.

Her parents were told that her life expectancy after a lung transplant was six to seven years, but that it would improve her quality of life.

“We want to give her as much as possible, as many experiences as possible while she’s here,” Kate’s father, Adam Hoskins, said.

Since there is no place nearby to get a pediatric lung transplant, Katie flew to Texas last week for evaluation.

Katie has been approved for a lung transplant, but nurses say it will be months before Katie actually receives the transplant.

“There’s going to be more medication to take, frequent checkups, things like that to make sure she can stay infection-free, especially in the first year after the transplant,” said nurse Venus Anderson.

For the past few weeks, Katie has been singing and playing the ukulele for her parents and nurses.

Katie’s parents are hoping that she can get the transplant she needs so that they can hear the sweet sounds of her voice for as long as possible.

Katie will soon be on the donor list.



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