Retired nurse receives lung, liver transplant

Retired nurse receives Northwestern Medicine's first-ever lung, liver transplant

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Key Facts

  • Now, he's the one receiving end, becoming the first person to receive a liver and lung transplant at Northwestern Medicine.
  • Collera, a retired Northwestern Medicine nurse, was diagnosed with a lung and liver disease in 2017.
  • "My life before the surgery for months and over a year was a miserable one," Collera said.
  • Collera needed a lung and liver transplant, a procedure so rare and complex that only 10 operations have been performed in the United States this year.

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