By Cale Li, MD
If you asked, he would tell you it was the luck of the Irish. On March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day), Gary Quinlan, 61, of Pound Ridge, NY, successfully underwent the first lung transplant and triple coronary bypass at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia after several weeks battling COVID-19 infection.
By the time of his discharge after surgery, Quinlan had been in the hospital for 103 days. The weeks leading up to this day were filled with physical suffering, anticipation, disappointment, and eventual relief.
Everything started on Christmas Day.