Clare Dowling and Smokey, one year after her transplant.
Just before her 19th birthday, Clare Dowling got a terrifying surprise. The college freshman and competitive equestrian learned she had an extremely rare, dangerous and poorly understood lung condition, called pulmonary veno-occlusive disease (PVOD). Characterized by high blood pressure in the lung area, PVOD has no treatment other than a lung transplant.
Dowling's PVOD progressed quickly. Three months after the diagnosis, she was living in the hospital,[...]