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Breathing easier: Wisconsin Rapids native gets new lungs

11:05 PM, May 17, 2013
Niki Felice Jahns, a former Wisconsin Rapids resident and an Assumption High School alumna, sits up in a chair for the first time May 9 since undergoing a double lung transplant May 4 at a hospital in Rochester, Minn. Jahns had been in the hospital for nearly six months, waiting for the transplant.
Niki Felice Jahns, a former Wisconsin Rapids resident and an Assumption High School alumna, sits up in a chair for the first time May 9 since undergoing a double lung transplant May 4 at a hospital in Rochester, Minn. Jahns had been in the hospital for nearly six months, waiting for the transplant.
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Nearly six months after Nicole Felice Jahns checked into a Minnesota hospital, she finally got the greatest gift for Mother's Day - a new set of lungs.

The former Wisconsin Rapids resident underwent double lung transplant surgery May 4, about a week before Mother's Day, after being in the intensive care or isolation units of a Rochester, Minn., hospital since Nov. 7, her mother said.

"We have so many emotions; I think the biggest one probably is grateful," said Rosemary Felice of Wisconsin Rapids. "The gratefulness to the donor and the donor's family stands out as being paramount. The next ...

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