A 10 percent chance to live for five years. Would you take those odds on an experimental procedure?\nPaul McGuinness did just that when he became the second person at UPMC to receive a double lung transplant. The procedure replaced his lungs, which were scarred by cystic fibrosis (CF), an inherited disease that causes the body\u2019s glands to make abnormally thick, sticky mucus. That was 30 years ago.\nPaul, an Avalon, Pa. resident, credits that surgery with changing his life.\nIt\u2019s also changed the lives, and hopes, of many other people with CF.\nIn October 1988, when Paul underwent the procedure, lung transplantation was still fairly new. Thanks to insights learned since, surgeons at the UPMC Lung Transplant Program have performed more than 2,100 lung and heart-lung transplants.\nRegister today to become an organ donor\u00a0and get more\u00a0information on organ donation.\nPaul had suffered from cystic fibrosis symptoms since birth. His lung function was so poor, doctors worried he wouldn\u2019t even make it to transplant. After 14 months on the transplant waiting list, new lungs became available for Paul.\nNot only has Paul survived 25 years longer than originally estimated, he\u2019s thrived. At 67 years old, he rides spin bikes at his local YMCA every day. He\u2019s considered the longest living lung transplant recipient with CF in the United States.\n\u201cBefore my transplant, I was so sick I could barely do anything,\u201d Paul says. \u201cAfter getting my new lungs, I\u2019ve learned to enjoy life.\u201d\n\u201cThe transplant gave me a purpose in life,\u201d Paul says. \u201cSix months post-transplant, my doctors said that because of me, they were going to be able to do many more transplants. I\u2019m still happy that I could contribute to other people\u2019s lives in this way.\u201d\nLearn more about Paul\u2019s story at UPMC.com and UPMC\u2019s Lung Transplant Program.