Chelsea’s story: Young woman with cystic fibrosis waits for the cure that will save her life

Most of us might pop a multivitamin each morning. Chelsea Gagnon swallows 20 to 30 pills per day or 10,000 pills a year. The 27-year-old has cystic fibrosis (CF): her body produces thick, sticky mucous that clogs her lungs, making it hard to breathe. The disease makes her prone to sinus and lung infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia. Eventually, chronic inflammation triggered by repeated infections will damage her lungs. Chelsea has been a patient of the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at the Montreal Chest Institute (MCI) of the McGill University Health Centre her entire adult life. CF is the [...]

2018-05-18T12:43:29+00:00October 19th, 2016|Patients|

The unbelievable story of Joe Ryzhik and the chance encounter that drastically improved his life

It started with a sore throat. In 2000, Mr. Joe Ryzhik, then 23-years-old, had strep throat. Easy solution: take antibiotics for 10 days and bang, you’re as good as new! But Joe developed a rare kidney disorder and both of his kidneys failed. This was just the start of a dizzying array of serious, even critical, medical ailments. Over the last 16 years, Joe has been in four life-or-death situations. He has endured years of dialysis, two kidney transplants and open-heart surgery. He also beat a life-threatening case of pneumonia that left him in a coma for two and [...]

2018-05-18T12:43:29+00:00October 19th, 2016|Patients|