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May 14, 2010 2:10 PM by Bethany Tucker

Los Osos teen recovering ahead of schedule after double-lung transplant

A Los Osos teenager who underwent a major double-lung transplant on Wednesday is recovering well.

Holly Navolt's family tells KSBY News that Holly's body has "accepted" the lungs that were transplanted into her body earlier this week. Holly is now off of ventilators and breathing on her own. In fact, doctors say she is recovering faster than they thought she would.

Holly was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was an infant. It causes a person's lungs to deteriorate over time, and the 18-year-old has been waiting for a transplant so she can live a better life. She received the phone call that there was a set of lungs ready for her late Tuesday night, and the surgery took place Wednesday morning.

The Navolt family is now faced with months of recovery and the expenses that come along with it.

Family and friends are holding two fundraisers on Saturday, May 22 to help collect donations for Holly. The first is the 5-K "Hike for Holly" in the Huasna Valley. Registration begins at 8:00a.m. at the Tar Springs Ranch. They're asking for a $40 donation to register. There is also a benefit dinner at Morro Bay High School that same night. It begins at 6:00p.m. and tickets are $25.

For information about the benefit dinner at Morro Bay High School, contact Lauren Sparks at savehollydinner@yahoo.com

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