Charity Tillemann-Dick, 29, continues to perform — better than ever, she says — thanks to the lungs of a middle-aged Honduran woman. In 2004, the opera singer had received a diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension, a rare, potentially fatal condition that affects the heart and lungs.
April 18, 2013 Charity Tillemann-Dick prepares a TEDMED talk at the Kennedy Center in Washington. The opera singer has had two double lung transplants, the most recent in 2012. Her new lungs came from a 48-year-old Honduran woman who had died of a stroke and was a registered organ donor. Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post Buy Photo