Schwab has rare, incurable lung disease

Updated: March 22, 2004, 7:26 PM ET
Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. -- Marquette assistant coach Trey Schwab left the hospital Monday, three weeks after doctors kept the double-lung transplant recipient alive through open-heart surgery.

Doctors kept Schwab's pulse going through CPR for 40 minutes before removing a blood clot.

"Obviously there's something bigger than all of us at work here," said Schwab, speaking to reporters at University of Wisconsin Hospital for the first time since both surgeries. "It's a shot at a second chance, and you just try to make the most of it."

Schwab, 39, was diagnosed in late 2001 with the rare, incurable disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which attacks the air sacks in the lungs and hinders the body's ability to process oxygen. The cause of the disease is not known.

Schwab underwent the transplant Feb. 17 after a two-year wait for a donor. But on March 1, Schwab had shortness of breath and went into cardiac arrest.

Marquette is playing Boise State in the NIT on Tuesday.

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