New lungs, new lease on life for Canandaigua woman

Doschanelle “Dosch” Rundt, 24, of Canandaigua, was given maybe a year to live, possibly two years at most.

April is National Donate Life Month. Rundt is especially grateful this month for the selflessness of a donor because on Feb. 2, Rundt was given another lease on life, thanks to a double-lung transplant.

Rundt has cystic fibrosis, a genetic lung disease that causes a thick, sticky buildup of mucus in the lungs and digestive system. If someone with cystic fibrosis manages to make it into adulthood, his or her life expectancy is about 37 years.

Rundt has been house-bound for the past four years. Day-to-day tasks that most people take for granted were exhausting for her. She couldn’t bathe on her own or even dress herself because it would wear her out. She couldn’t do her own laundry because carrying the laundry basket from one end of the house to the other was too tiring.

Even showing emotion presented its own set of problems because laughing at a funny joke could lead to a coughing fit.

“It was hard to go up the stairs because one class would be over here and the other one would be all the way over there, and I was afraid of being late,” Rundt said. “Teachers understood, but it’s awkward walking into a classroom late.”

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