About Christina Queen
With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant families are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure. The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. In Henrietta, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local woman, Christina Queen.
Christina is the granddaughter of Lois Johnston. Born on September 10, 1991, Christina was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. The doctors at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, have recommended a life-saving double lung transplant. An estimated $25,000 is being raised by Henrietta volunteers.
Today, April 6, 2014 Christina received a very special gift. She entered surgery at 7:30 a.m. to have a double lung transplant. After approximately nine hours in surgery, Christina is out of surgery and doing well. We were informed that the surgery went better than expected. Doctors were able to do the surgery without breaking her ribs, with no disturbance to her heart, and with minimal cutting and scarring to her body. She will be in ICU for 3-4 days to ensure her body accepts the lungs. Prayers and donations are still needed to ensure this is a smooth transition.