In 2010, there were 1,770 lung transplants performed in the United States -- the most ever in a single year.
For a person with Cystic Fibrosis, the transplant may extend life by years – or it could lead to continued suffering and rejection of the new organ.
Later in the program, we'll hear about the latest research into lung transplants and even artificial lungs. But first we hear a documentary about two young people struggling with end-stage Cystic Fibrosis, and struggling with a decision about transplant.
While most of us are just hitting our stride in our late 20s, Beth and Brian are medicating, massaging and coaxing their lungs into lasting as long as possible.
Where We Live senior producer Catie Talarski documented Beth and Brian for a year to understand what its like to live with this chronic disease.