Tanika has big plans after second double-lung transplant

Tanika has big plans after second double-lung transplant
Tanika Jacobs

By Kurt Lewis

The Haldimand Press

CALEDONIA—Tanika Jacobs returned home on May 15, 2020 after receiving her second double-lung transplant earlier this year.

In March 2016, Tanika was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes after being rushed to the hospital, struggling to breathe, aspirating into her lungs, and in septic shock. Ultimately, she had to have her right leg amputated and a double-lung transplant. In 2018, Tanika underwent antibody rejection. She spent an entire year at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto and Emily’s House Palliative Care. It was unsure if a second transplant would work, as Tanika was very fragile, and the family was preparing for a potential end-of-life situation.

On March 11, 2020  however, she received her second double-lung transplant, and she recently returned home to the socially-distant festivities of her Gateway Church family and friends.

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