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Austin tennis coach wins gold medal after lung transplant

A man and woman in lab coats flanking a woman in a dark blue running jacket
Two years after her transplant, patient Genie Kilpatrick met with Dr. Fernando Torres and Haley Wilson, her transplant coordinator.

Texas high school teacher and tennis coach Genie Kilpatrick had been competitive and athletic all her life. Suddenly – at age 48 – life served up something unexpected. Out of breath and exhausted, she was shocked when her doctor wouldn’t let her leave his office without an oxygen tank.

Diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, she managed her disease with medications and breathing treatments, until her condition worsened four years later. She learned her pulmonary hypertension was caused by a rare lung disease. Given only a few months to live she underwent a double lung transplant at UT Southwestern.

To read the full story visit the UT Southwestern Newsroom.

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