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Schwab undergoes double-lung transplant

Marquette special assistant coach Trey Schwab, who has been battling an incurable lung disease, received a life-saving double-lung transplant Monday.

Dr. Robert Love, director of lung transplantation at University of Wisconsin Hospital, performed the seven-hour procedure. Schwab is in critical but stable condition and can expect a full recovery, Love said Tuesday.

Rehabilitation following such a surgery requires that Schwab, 39 and an assistant men's basketball coach under Tom Crean, spend up to six weeks in the hospital and another six weeks in nearby housing so he can get daily checkups and lab work, and doctors can monitor his anti-rejection medication.

Schwab has been battling idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which attacks the air sacks in the lungs, hindering the body's ability to process oxygen. He was diagnosed with the disease shortly after he arrived at Marquette, in late 2001.

He developed severe coughs and was first diagnosed with pneumonia, but when his condition worsened despite two weeks of antibiotic treatment, he was told he had the rare lung disease and his only hope would be a lung transplant.

Schwab received a call Sunday night that the organs were available.

In January of 2003, after undergoing six operations, spending 13 months on a portable oxygen machine, and taking an experimental drug that slowed the disease, Schwab was near the top of the waiting list for a lung transplant.

Schwab received a call Sunday night that the organs were available and was in surgery for most of the day on Monday, the hospital spokeswoman said.

More than 80,000 individuals are waiting for a lung transplant due to a shortage of organ donors. About 25 to 30 percent of patients die while waiting for a transplant.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.