Plover toddler gets double lung transplant

Nine-hour surgery was performed Friday
Plover toddler gets double lung transplant
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A two-year-old boy from Plover has a new chance at life after undergoing a double lung transplant.

Family members say Roland Raabe was born with a rare lung disorder that required him to use a ventilator. The Raabe family temporarily moved to St. Louis where they expected to wait months for a donor. But, after seven weeks, the family received the phone call they were waiting for.

Roland’s nine-hour surgery was performed Friday. His mother, Cathy Raabe, tells WAOW-TV Sunday that her son remains sedated but is breathing on his own.

The family expects to return home to Plover in three months.