Cystic fibrosis causes thick mucus to build up in the body, which leads to internal inflammation and the permanent, irreversible scarring of various organs. This serious genetic condition causes severe damage and can shorten a person's lifespan.
Jennifer's condition was so severe that she was placed on a transplant list with a lung function of slightly more than 10 percent. Her fiance Ron Ronnenberg received the call one day that there was a pair of lungs waiting his beloved.
So they rushed to the hospital where Jennifer underwent a double lung transplant. Most of us take breathing for granted, but Jennifer's life was about to drastically change if the transplant was successful.
After surgery, Ron recorded Jennifer's attempt to breathe on her own for the first time since the transplant. Her dad was by her side. Would it be successful? Would she be okay?
As the doctor removes tape from her cheeks and pulls out the breathing tube, she begins breathing. The look on her face really says everything.
A host of emotions flit across her face from wonder to shock and joy. The doctor encouraged her to say hello and she did.
Jennifer's eyes wildly roll around as she absorbs the feelings and sensations of being able to truly breathe normally again, thanks to her new lungs. The doctor says, "This is what I like about my job."
Jennifer places her hand on her chest, marveling at the miracle of medicine while she breathes in extra oxygen. Her eyes say everything.