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OTTAWA -- The gradual return to near normal has people awaiting transplants during the COVID-19 pandemic hopeful that surgeries will resume soon.

Lindsay Forsyth-Brochu of Almonte has a rare and potentially fatal form of pulmonary hypertension.

“I won’t lie, I’m scared - I’m terrified,” says Forsyth-Brochu.


Hearing the diagnosis was difficult.

“I was really emotional - for someone my age, I wasn’t ready. It’s limited my activity, a lot of things in life I’m not able to do right now.”

The 31-year-old woman needs a lung transplant,

“It’s basically a new life, to be honest - that’s how I’ve been told, and I truly believe that. Being able to do all of the things that I’m not able to do now, like climbing the stairs is something really difficult for me, and it’s something so simple.”

She was put on the transplant list in mid-March, expecting the surgery would happen in April,

“And then, COVID happened,” says Forsyth-Brochu as the pandemic put many transplant surgeries on hold in Ontario.

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