Los Osos teen Holly Navolt, who was placed on life support early last week, is now in stable condition at the intensive care unit at Stanford University Hospital in a complicated recovery from a double-lung transplant conducted in May.
Navolt has suffered since infancy from cystic fibrosis, which causes thick mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive tract. Her lungs were functioning at 38 percent of normal capacity before she received the lifesaving transplant.
Her recovery, which according to her doctors had been remarkable, suffered a serious setback when the 18-year-old’s body stopped responding to antibiotics to prevent tissue rejection, and she went into respiratory failure eight days ago.
As of Tuesday, Holly’s family said a transfusion treatment stabilized her. She is no longer on life support and is breathing again without the help of oxygen, though she is still suffering from stomach problems that may impede her recovery, which will still take months.
Family members are by her side, staying with her in a recovery center near Stanford since the transplant, said cousin Amber Piñon.
In recent weeks, supporters countywide have come together at a series of events and raised $35,000 of the $100,000 that the Navolt family needs to cover expenses associated with the transplant.
Anyone interesting in raising funds for the Navolt family can meet Piñon at 7 p.m. on July 13 at the Coffee Bean, 350 Five Cities Drive in Pismo Beach.
Learn more about Holly Navolt at www.cotaforhollyn.com or call 489-9574.