Councilwoman back after surgery

September 09, 1997


Staff Writer

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Town Councilwoman Denise Troxell attended her first regular monthly Town Council meeting Monday night since undergoing a double lung transplant last spring.

"It was great to be back," said Troxell in a phone interview from her 114 S. Mechanic St. home after the meeting.

It was actually her second meeting with the mayor and council members since she returned home Aug. 8 from Pittsburgh, where she underwent rehabilitation after surgery in May at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.


Troxell said she atteneded a brief special meeting three days after returning home.

"I'm very, very, very happy to be back in my little town," Troxell said.

"Everybody has been wonderful. I have been overwhelmed by the kindness," she said. Neighbors have been helping with yard work and several people brought meals for her and her family, she said.

Troxell had waited 26 months for the transplant.

Her lungs were damaged from a hole that had been in her heart since childhood, but wasn't discovered until she was 30 years old.

In 1985, she had open heart surgery to fix the hole, but up until the time she went into transplant surgery had difficulty walking just a block or two because of the strain on her lungs.

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