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Teen undergoes rare heart-lung transplant

By Susan Scutti, CNN

Published 10:22 AM ET, Mon February 20, 2017
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Dr. Pirooz Eghtesady, cardiothoracic surgeon-in-chief at St. Louis Children's Hospital and his patient Spencer Kolman,15, in 2017. "Spencer did remarkably well," said Eghtesady of his young patient who underwent a heart-lung transplant last year. Look through the gallery to see his journey. Chris Cross
February 2016: Spencer Kolman attending his high school Valentine's dance nine months before being admitted to St. Louis Children's Hospital. Courtesy Kolman family/St. Louis Children's Hospital
February 2016: Spencer in ninth grade at a medical supply store in Chicago. He had just got this scooter, which he used to get to class during high school. Courtesy Kolman family/St. Louis Children's Hospital
November 2016: Spencer sleeping in his room in Chicago in a tripod position leaning forward and supporting his upper body with his hands on his knees. This made it easier to breathe. He was using 15 liters of oxygen per minute. Courtesy Kolman family/St. Louis Children's Hospital
November 2016: Spencer in the ICU before his transplant. To pass the time, his dad gave him a giant set of the LEGO Star Wars edition to put together, his son's favorite movie series. When this photo was posted on Spencer's Facebook page, many others began sending LEGO sets to the hospital. Courtesy Kolman family/St. Louis Children's Hospital
November 2016. Spencer at St. Louis Children's Hospital awaiting his transplant with brother Zach Kolman, 16, and sister Evangeline Kolman, 7. Courtesy Kolman family/St. Louis Children's Hospital
November 2016: Spencer at St. Louis Children's Hospital immediately after his heart-lung transplant. Courtesy Kolman family/St. Louis Children's Hospital
December 2016: Spencer with his parents Ken and Liz Kolman at St. Louis Children's Hospital a few weeks after his transplant. Courtesy Kolman family/St. Louis Children's Hospital
January 2017: Three times a week, Spencer does physical therapy at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Pictured with Spencer is Carol Hyde, PT, who has been working with Spencer prior to his transplant. Courtesy Kolman family/St. Louis Children's Hospital