Double lung transplant patient dies

Holly Teague, 27, dies from complications of Cystic Fibrosis

A young woman’s life long battle with Cystic Fibrosis has come to an end. 

Holly Teague, 27, died over the weekend, despite a double lung transplant two years ago. 

Best known as a sister, aunt and friend, her sister, Cari Pease, said behind her sister’s big smile, there was an even bigger fighter who wanted nothing more than to beat the chronic disease she was born with.

“She loved so many different things about life, she just couldn’t let go,” said Pease.

In January 2011, Teague received her double lung transplant in Dallas and her family said she was on the road to recovery. She even began to walk with a cane and drive. 

But last October, her body started rejecting the lungs. 

Her mother, Brenda Brock, said despite her ever weakening condition, her daughter continued her strong will to live. 

Brock said, “(Doctors and nurses had) never seen anybody get through all the illnesses and setbacks. ... People don’t normally keep surviving those issues when you’re already terminally ill.”

At one time, doctors told her family, Holly wouldn’t live past the age of 16. 

She proved them wrong and lived 11 more years, dying just shy of her 28th birthday. 

On Monday evening, family and friends attended her memorial service. They didn’t remember a terminally ill woman, they remembered a fun loving young woman who loved to text, Facebook, and spend time with her niece and nephew. 

“It’s still so hard to believe that she’s really passed because she’s just amazing,” said Pease, her only sibling.

Holly is survived by her mother, sister and many family and friends. She would have turned 28 next month on April 22.

Her mother said, “She went very peacefully and she knew it was time.”

Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States -- 70,000 worldwide.  

You can learn more about Holly Teague on the Remembering Holly Facebook page and on her family’s blog.


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