Treatment stabilizes Osos teen transplant recipient

The condition of Los Osos teen Holly Navolt, who was placed on life support early last week, has stablized at the intensive care unit at Stanford University Hospital in a complicated recovery from a double-lung transplant 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 her doctors said had been remarkable, suffered a serious setback when the 18-year-old’s body stopped responding to antibiotics to prevent tissue rejection. She went into respiratory failure June 29.

As of Tuesday, Navolt’s family said a transfusion treatment stabilized her. She is no longer on life support and is breathing again without the help of an oxygen machine, although she is still suffering from stomach problems that may impede her recovery, which will still take months.

Family members have been staying with her in a recovery center near Stanford since the transplant, Navolt’s cousin Amber Piñon said.

In recent weeks, supporters countywide have come together at a series of events and raised $35,000 of the $100,000 the Navolt family needs to cover expenses associated with the transplant.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help raise funds for the Navolt family can meet Piñon at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Coffee Bean, 350 5 Cities Drive, Pismo Beach.

Read more about Holly Navolt at www.cotaforhollyn.com, or call 489-9574.

— Julia Hickey