When she was nearly 30, Jennifer Jones learned that she had been misdiagnosed with allergies and asthma all her life. According to ABC 6 News, Jennifer discovered after the birth of her son, that she instead had Cystic Fibrosis, a disease that wreaks havoc (primarily) on the lungs.
“Last year in October she went in and it was getting so bad they put her on oxygen full time,” said Jennifer’s Fiancé, Rob Ronnenberg.
Jennifer was put on a transplant list for new lungs in June, which is when things really got bad. In mid-October Jennifer’s lung function was a little over 10%.
But good news was headed their way.
“The nurse comes in the room and says hey you’re going to get a phone call and then the phone rang and we’re like okay, that’s never happened so what’s going on? Well, all of a sudden she goes are you for real, are you serious? Is this really happening? And that was it that was the call,” Rob said.
Later the same month, she received that lifesaving double lung transplant. This video shows her taking her first unassisted breath with those new lungs. It’s tremendously moving, to say the least.
By sharing this video on YouTube, she and her fiancé are hoping to inspire people to register to donate their organs.