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Donation of lungs gives Bristol woman new life

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Posted on June 9, 2016 |
By Ellie Reinhardt



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BRISTOL RESIDENT TAMMY Shackett is recovering from a March 13 surgery that replaced both of her lungs. Now that she can breathe more freely than she has in years, Shackett hopes to return to a more active lifestyle. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

BRISTOL — Bristol resident Tammy Shackett was once an active member of her local community, but eventually she was forced to rely on an oxygen tank to breathe due to a lifelong struggle with lung problems.

After four years of waiting for a suitable lung donor, the 52-year-old announced on March 12 that she was done.

“It’s going to come when it comes and if it doesn’t I’m just going to adapt to living on oxygen,” she recounted in an interview this week. “I wasn’t giving up on life, I was giving up on waiting.”

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