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W.Va. transplant patient released from hospital

July 20, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

A week after being released from the hospital for a double lung transplant, 10-year-old Jordy Carper of Hedgesville, W.Va., is recovering with his family at a hotel outside Los Angeles.

"We want to come home," said Jordy's mother, Melissa, who has been staying in California with him since May 12. That may not happen until October, as doctors check for signs of organ rejection.

"He's doing very well for what's he's been through," she said, adding that Jordy's father Gary and his two younger brothers are with him.


Carper, who underwent the operation on June 19, had cystic fibrosis, a fatal congenital lung disease. Without the transplant, the boy had only months to live.

The lobes for his new lungs came from Debbie Schoenadel of Lavale, Md., Melissa Carper's cousin; and Vicki Koher of Powhatan Point, Ohio. Both are back home and recovering well, Melissa said.

Even though he is out of the Children's Hospital, the boy faces a lifetime of medical regimens. Although he never has to go through chest drainage therapy to remove fluid from his diseased lungs, he now takes 18 potent medications a day to prevent rejection of the new lung tissue.

Despite that, Melissa Carper said the quality of his life has improved.

Larry Hoerner of Hedgesville, Jordy's guidance counselor at Tuscarora Elementary School, said the community helped raise $40,000 to help cover some of the family's expenses.

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