Plover child with rare genetic disorder receives lung transplant – Stevens Point Journal

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Two-year-old Roland Raabe suffers from a rare disorder, and the bills are piling up. Tyler Rickenbach/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

ST. LOUIS – A Plover child suffering from a rare disorder received a new lease on life on Friday.

The parents of 2-year-old Roland Raabe announced online that he had received a lung transplant. According to a post on a GoFundMe page set up to cover expenses for the family, a lung donor had been found for Roland and surgery had been set for early Friday.

Brock Raabe, Roland’s father, posted just after 10 a.m. on Facebook that the procedure had gone as planned. He added that Roland would be recovering in the hospital for at least a couple of weeks, and that the family would remain in St. Louis, where the surgery had been performed, for the rest of the summer. Brock said that, if everything went well, Roland could be back in Wisconsin early this fall.

“Roland has new lungs!” Cathy Raabe said in a separate post on Facebook. “High five to the amazing medical team that have been taking great care of our son.”

Nathan Vine: 715-345-2252 or nvine@gannett.com; on Twitter @NathanAVine.

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