Canadian woman on path to recovery and dancing again

Receives second lung transplant at St. Joseph's Norton Thoracic Institute

Family comes first for mother, grandmother and wife Alanna Tootoosis, but second in line is her passion for dancing. The Saskatchewan native has grown up competing at powwows across the United States and her homeland of Canada. 

She and her husband, Sidrick Baker, of North Dakota, have also raised their four adult sons on tribal dancing. So it’s no surprise to anyone in the family that Alanna is fighting her way back to dancing after receiving a second lung transplant at St. Joseph’s in the fall of 2019.

Alanna’s breathing issues first cropped up when she was in her mid-twenties, following a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. The condition worked its way into her lungs, scarring them beyond repair. No longer able to breathe sufficiently, Alanna underwent a lung transplant procedure in Canada, in 2014.

Unfortunately, like many who undergo the procedure, Alanna eventually found her body rejecting the donated organs to the point she was fighting, once again, to breathe. After waiting in Canada for several years to receive another set of donated lungs, she began seeking other options. Her quest led her to St. Joseph’s Norton Thoracic Institute in the summer of 2019.

Watch the video below to follow Alanna's journey and learn how St. Joseph’s team is saving the lives of hundreds of people like Alanna, seeking to extend their lives through lung transplantation. 

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