Miraculously Tricia Lawrenson leaves hospital

April 25, 2008 8:54:56 AM PDT
An udpate to a story about Tricia Lawrenson a woman with Cystic Fibrosis that recently gave birth and had a double lung translant. Nathan and Tricia Lawrenson recently delivered a miracle baby at Duke University Medical Center.

Gwyneth Rose Lawrenson was born in January by emergency c-section 24 1/2 weeks premature during a procedure to stabilize her mother, 25-year-old Tricia Lawrenson. Tricia has cystic fibrosis, a chronic disease of the lungs and digestive system.

Tricia and Gwyneth were given a 50 percent chance of surviving the pregnancy. Gwyneth is now full term, thriving at a healthy 4 pounds, 16 inches long.

That is not the only miracle. Tricia Lawrenson, who originally came to Duke in December with her husband, Nathan, from their home in Nags Head for a double-lung transplant, is another living miracle.

Three weeks ago, a donor became available and Tricia underwent the intense 9-hour transplant surgery.

It was a success.

Now, another landmark is reached in the Lawrenson's journey. Tuesday, April 22 doctors discharged Tricia from the hospital.

She and Nathan are still living in Durham, so Tricia can complete rehabilitation. They're also waiting for Gwyneth to be discharged from the hospital. Proud father Nathan tells us she needs to weigh 4 pounds, 6 ounces and completely feeding off a bottle before she can leave. That could be between 2 and 4 weeks.

They are well on their way to witnessing another miracle. Going back home to Nags Head and spending the summer together as a family.

Stay with ABC 11 for continued updates.


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