Homewood woman gets long-awaited double lung transplant
July 28, 2013 8:00PM
Updated: August 30, 2013 6:57AM
A 20-year-old Homewood woman who has been in dire need of a double lung transplant was recovering Sunday night at the University of Chicago Medical Center after undergoing the surgery, according to her mother.
Josie Nordman, a 2011 graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School, was in the intensive care unit “connected to a lot of tubes and things,” Nicolle Nordman wrote on “The Josie Nordman Lung Transplant Page” on Facebook.com.
As of early evening, Josie Nordman was sedated, but the family expected her ventilator to be removed in a matter of hours.
“We will be in the room when she takes her first breath with her new lungs,” Nicolle Nordman wrote, referring to Sunday as a “rebirthday” for her daughter. “Please continue praying for Josie, she has a very long road ahead of her and will continue to need everyone’s support through her lengthy recovery.”
Nordman was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was 4 months old, and life was “pretty normal” until high school, she said in an interview with the SouthtownStar earlier this year. But in recent months, her condition had rapidly deteriorated, requiring her to rely on supplied oxygen 24 hours a day.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic chronic disorder that causes the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs, leading to life-threatening infections, and obstructs the pancreas, interfering with digestion
Nordman had been trying to live a normal college life at Northwestern University in Evanston, where she was a sophomore, but she said she felt like she was being stabbed in the chest with every deep breath she took.
“I’m very determined to beat this disease in whatever way I can,” she said at the time. “I’m very competitive, and now I’m fighting against my body.”
The family has had a series of fundraisers to help cover all of the medical costs. A Jogging 4 Josie 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for Aug. 24 at Apollo Park in Homewood. Registration is ongoing by visiting www.racetime.info. Participants will get a race T-shirt and a goody bag, and there will be live music after the race, along with bananas, bagels and pizza.
Mike Deacon and Susan DeMar Lafferty