Mr. Thomas Bullard now lives in Mebane, North
Carolina. Mr. Bullard was born on January 28, 1951, and is originally from
Wilmington, North Carolina. Mr. Bullard settled in the small town of
Mebane where he attended a local, public school and later attended Elon College.
He got married and now has two children. Before Mr. Bullard was forced to
retire from his job, he worked in a chemical laboratory. The company he
worked for was called Ciba-Geigy, which is now known as Novartis. He was
forced to stop working because of a heart defect that he was born with.
This heart defect over time deteriorated his lungs causing Mr. Bullard to have a
double lung transplant. Itís been six years since Mr. Bullard had his
double lung transplant and heís doing well.
Excerpts from Transcript
Thomas Bullard comments on living his life to the fullest.
"Iím living my life
probably more now than I ever had. I didnít realize how bad I felt
until after I got over the trauma of surgery and I started feeling better.
My stamina is so much better than it used to be."
Mr. Bullard describes a portion of his surgery.
"What they do is open you up
across the chest. Open you up like a '57 Chevrolet and they take out a
block of organs in there and put some in."
Thomas makes a brief comment on his experience after surgery.
"Well first thing they do, as
soon as they can they get you up out of bed, even though youíve got IVís and
tubes all over and hooked up to everything in the world, they make you try to
Thomas briefly talks
about his biggest supporters during his rehabilitation period.
"Probably the respiratory
therapist. I look at them as like marine drill sergeants. They never
let you rest, keep you going, they challenge you. Slowly but surely
you get to the point that you are progressing. At the time you think
that youíre dying, but you just sort of keep at it."
Mr. Bullard talks about his quality of life.
"Itís much better.
Much better. It did get to the point just before the transplant
where I was so tired I would have to go to the hospital every so often
that it was beginning to be kind of tiring. That quality of life
wasnít what you have liked. But now itís been great."
This page last updated 11/24/02