P.E.I. double lung transplant patient dies

Melissa MacPhail, a double lung transplant patient who advocated for people who needed to travel off P.E.I. for medical treatment, has died.

Melissa MacPhail, a double lung transplant patient who advocated for people who needed to travel off P.E.I. for medical treatment, has died.

MacPhail died in Toronto General Hospital on Friday. She was 35.

MacPhail had an incurable disease called schleroderma, which hardened her lungs and meant she had to use an oxygen tank to help her breathe.

She received a double lung transplant in November 2010 after moving to Toronto to wait for lungs to become available for the surgery. MacPhail said publicly that her living expenses in Toronto were about $2,000 a month and that she was struggling to cover the costs.

Not long after that, government announced financial aid to help cover travel expenses and room and board for Islanders who had to leave the Maritimes for transplant surgery.

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