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These operations were performed at the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, which has not had a lung transplant since 1997, when state officials authorized the operation of a case. by-case basis.
After receiving state approval in 2006 to start a formal transplant program, Beth Israel recruited doctors from two of the country\'s leading programs ---
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Mayo Clinic-
\"New Jersey needs a lung transplant program,\" said Lawrence McBride, the surgical director of the program, who used to be the director of surgery at the Mayo Clinic.
\"This is the 10 most populous state in the country, and it doesn\'t.
Mike bride said: \"Last year, 52 lungs from New Jersey donors were shipped out of the state because there was no formal project.
The organs will now be provided first to state residents using the Beth Israel transplant program, the doctor said.
The first batch of operations supervised by six people
Last week, the team performed at Charles McFarlane, 49, Thomas river, and Craig Lawton, 54.
The two continued to recuperate in the adjoining hospital room yesterday, describing being unable to even cross the room until they received their new lungs.
\"Bathing, wearing socks, brushing your teeth, they are very laborious when you can\'t breathe,\" said a senior McFarlane at the New York daycare committee.
Lawton, who makes a living by providing car parts, said he feels very good and looks forward to picking up the guitar again and re-joining the Blues Band.
\"I can barely breathe,\" he said . \"
\"Everything is ready.
\"Both of them are using oxygen --the-
Before they were on the national transplant waiting list. August.
McFarlane underwent surgery on August.
25. Lawton after a day.
McFarlin received a double lung transplant with lung tumor disease, which is characterized by the growth of tiny inflammatory cell mass in different parts of the body.
A lung tumor can affect any organ that makes McFarlane\'s lungs so weak that he can hardly work.
\"Since he was a little boy, it has caused a lot of scars in his lungs.
He is getting weaker, thinner and shorter breathing.
He\'s dying, \"explained Sean sturdle, medical director of Beth Israel\'s program, who left Pittsburgh\'s transplant program to Newark.
Lawton suffers from severe edema or chronic pulmonary disease, a progressive lung disease that causes shortness of breath and reduces physical activity.
This disease, which is closely related to smoking, is caused by damage to small air bags and small airway in the lungs.
\"My quality of life is bad,\" said Lawton, who received right lung treatment at the hospital, which is attached to St.
Health care system in Barabas
According to the organ-sharing joint network, as of last Friday, 2,126 Americans were waiting for a lung transplant. Organ Sharing is a non-profit organization that matches organ donors and recipients.
UNOS officials say there are no other New Jersey residents on the list except the two men who were transplanted in Israel\'s Beth.
McFarlane and Lawton will be asked to take medicine for the rest of their lives to reduce the chances that their bodies will reject new lungs.
After they are released, doctors will monitor them closely as lung transplant recipients have a high risk of rejection and infection.
\"Unlike organs transplanted into the body, the lungs must be exposed to the environment through breathing every day,\" Studer said . \". The five-
According to Studer, lung transplant patients had an annual survival rate of about 55%, but both said they were not optimistic about the future except for optimism.
\"I have never let these things determine my future,\" McFarlane said . \".
\"There is no guarantee in life, but I think we all do well.