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Neb Rancher Gets Double-Lung Transplant After COVID Damages His

courtesy Esther Bond

      A 31-year-old southeastern Nebraska cattle rancher is recovering after doctors replaced his coronavirus-damaged lungs. Jake Immink of Fairbury got sick around Halloween and wound up hospitalized on a ventilator for months. 

       His lungs were so damaged that his only chance for a fairly normal life was a double-lung transplant, so he underwent the surgery March 20 after losing weight and building up strength. 

      This past Wednesday, he put his new lungs to the test by walking a mile and a half. Dr. Heather Strah, a transplant pulmonologist with Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, says she fully expects Immink to be herding cattle this summer.

A GoFundMe campaign to help the family meet medical bills and farm/ranch expenses has raised nearly $59,000 with a goal of $100,000. Contributions can be made at https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-immink-family,

For those who’d like to send cards of encouragement, the address is: UNMC – Clarkson Tower, Jake Immink, Room #7, Dewey Ave, Omaha, NE 68105