Coen's body starts to reject lungs after hospital visit

Double lung transplant recipient Coen Ashton.
Double lung transplant recipient Coen Ashton.

IT has been three years since a double lung transplant saved his life, but Maryborough's Coen Ashton is now facing another challenge.

Tests revealed that Coen, who has Cystic Fibrosis, was experiencing a drop in lung function during a recent stay in hospital.

Coen then had to undergo further testing, including a bronchoscopy, where a small camera was placed down his windpipe into his lungs.

The tests revealed that Coen's body was rejecting his lungs.

Coen revealed that it was an ongoing issue that he had been dealing with as his body seemed to start rejecting his lungs every three to four months for no reason.

Mum Dawn said he would be admitted to hospital in Brisbane for intravenous high dose steroids in an effort to combat it.

"It's early says," she said.

"We will follow what the hospital says."

Dawn said it was still unclear at this stage whether Coen would be home for Christmas, but the family was hopeful.

She said Coen was mainly concerned about things he would rather be doing instead of being in hospital.

Coen had planned to go to Rainbow Beach this weekend as well as planning his upcoming event for Variety that will raise money for other sick children.

Dawn said the event, titled Jet Trek, would be held from February 29 to March 5 and would see a group of people, including Coen, ride jet skis in the ocean along the path of the Great Ocean Rd.

But for now the focus was on getting Coen well again, she said.

"We will just wait and see what happens - hopefully it will settle down," she said.

Topics:  lung transplant organ donation

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