The Sid Foundation was inspired by the story of Sid Vahal.
Sid was an unforgettable person. Everyone who has known Sid remembers him as a funny, crazy, silly, geeky, lovable guy. He was a big guy with a big personality and a big heart.
Sid first became sick when he was 26 years old. His lungs collapsed and could not be revived by his doctors. He was then put on ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) which kept him alive until he was able to receive a double lung transplant.
After Sid was stable enough to receive a double lung transplant, he showed great determination to get back his health. He went through intense physical and occupational therapy to regain his strength. He learned how to sit, walk, eat and live a normal life again. He lived on his new lungs for another 2.5 years. During this time he was working and enjoying a normal life with the exception of all the medication he had to take to keep his body from rejecting his lungs. Then, in April 2014, Sid was hospitalized again. His new lungs were being rejected by his body. On May 18, 2014, Sid lost his fight.
His family and friends will forever remember his bravery as he fought a battle against his own lungs and won when he was only 26 years old. They will also remember the second battle he fought against his new lungs at 29 years old, which, took him away from them. Sid was a fighter and he inspired everyone with his courage.
The reason Sid’s lungs gave out in the first place is still a mystery. Due to his unusual circumstances, the treatments that Sid received in order to survive were cutting edge treatments practiced by some of the greatest doctors in the world. Although Sid’s life was cut short, the amount of knowledge that doctors gained from his case will continue to help other patients like him in future.
Sid has done his part to help other lung transplant patients, and now it is our turn. We are raising money and awareness for the field of Lung Transplants.
The purpose of The Sid Foundation is to help advance Lung Transplant research by raising money and awareness and to hopefully prevent anyone else from suffering the same fate that took our precious Sid away from us.
Below is an interview of Sid at The University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital after his successful double lung transplant performed by his surgeon Dr. Charles Hoopes.
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