Tallahassee Woman Gets Life-Saving Lung Transplant

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By Julie Montanaro
October 15, 2014

A Tallahassee woman is recovering after a life-saving lung transplant last night.

Jessica Morrison Rossman has been on the waiting list for a lung transplant for more than a year. She's been fighting cystic fibrosis since she was born and has been critically ill.

Her mother tells us they got word Monday that there was a pair of lungs for her and Jessica got a double lung transplant during an eight hour surgery at Shands Hospital in Gainesville yesterday.

She is hoping to take her first breath on her own tomorrow.

"Oh my gosh. The words are indescribable right now," her mother Jackie Morrison said. "She has struggled for so long being on oxygen that I just can not imagine what it would be like for her, but I know that as her parents and her sister we'll be right there watching. It's going to be amazing."

The family calls the lung transplant a "miracle" but says it is also grieving for the family of the young woman who died and donated them.

The Morrison's say Jessica's greatest hope is to be able to run in the park with her three year old son one day.

By: Julie Montanaro
October 4, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - A Tallahassee woman is now awaiting a lung transplant, hoping any day will be the day she gets that call.

Jessica Morrison Rossman and her family are counting a 5K run this weekend to help them put a small dent in what is expected to be a six figure bill for the transplant and the medicine she will need afterward.

Jessica Morrison Rossman still tries to play ball with her two year old son Ryan, but she can't play for long. She is on oxygen 24-7 these days.

Cystic fibrosis fills her lungs with mucous and it's a struggle to breathe, but Jessica has new hope after finding out this summer she is now on the approved list for a lung transplant.

'"For me it means oh gosh the world to me. it will change my life completely so I'll be able to do things I've never been able to do," Morrison-Rossman said, "like take my son to the park."

Jessica, who is 23 years old, finds herself in the hospital every few months now with a wracking cough, shortness of breath and plummeting oxygen levels.

She was diagnosed with CF when she was an infant. We first met her when she was 12.

Her mother ... then and now ... chokes back tears as she talks about their faith ... and the wait for a transplant.

"When they first told us it was time, it was very emotional and as a mom and I can say this for her dad too, it is scary. I mean ... but we know there's no other option," Jackie Morrison said.

The Morrisons are now waiting for a call to get in the car and head for Shands for new lungs and what they hope will be a new lease on life for her and her son.

"He doesn't know I don't think what it'll do for me in his future, but I do. That's definitely my biggest reason is I want to be in his future," Morrison Rossman said.

Tropical Storm Karen is no match for Jessica and her family. The family's church Seminole Baptist is hosting a 5-k "Run for Jess" this weekend. It will go on rain or shine. It's at Tom Brown Park Sunday at 4:30.

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