Healthy Living

Aug 23, 2010 3:25 PM by Carina Corral

Los Osos teenager, who underwent double lung transplant surgery in May, finally returns home

18-year-old, Los Osos resident, Holly Navolt returned home over the weekend after receiving a double-lung transplant back in May.

She has cystic fibrosis, a condition that causes a person's lungs to deteriorate.

Holly suffered several setbacks that kept her at, or living nearby, a bay area hospital.

"This is the first I've been home in three months," said Holly.

Now that Holly is home she is looking forward to making up for lost time with family and friends; although, she has not been completely out of the loop.

" We text, yes we text. It is a crime, I believe," she joked. "I used to hate texting, now I text over a thousand texts a day."

Holly has suffered several setbacks since she was first flown to Stanford University Medical Center for her life-saving, double lung transplant surgery.

She is now on her way to recovery and doctors said her lungs are "doing excellent."

" Right now if I take any really deep breaths it hurts my chest, but other than that it's a lot easier to breathe than it was before."

Holly goes back to the hospital every two weeks for tests and she has lots of restrictions to follow, but this "home remedy" may have been just what she needed.

"I'm really, really happy to be home, it's definitely made things a lot easier."

Also making things "a lot easier," the support from the Central Coast community.

" I honestly don't know how I would've gotten through without them. Hearing the letters from different people I don't even know, wishing and praying for me that really lifted my spirits," said Holly.

Those folks also held fundraisers to help Holly and her family cover the cost of the transplant. Their goal is to raise $500,000.

Another fundraiser for Holly is this Saturday. It is a car wash at Arroyo Grande Florist from 9am-2pm.

Click here to learn more about Holly's story and fundraising efforts.


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