MADISON, Wis. -- Marquette assistant coach Trey Schwab left
the hospital Monday, three weeks after doctors kept the double-lung
transplant recipient alive through open-heart surgery.
Doctors kept Schwab's pulse going through CPR for 40 minutes
before removing a blood clot.
"Obviously there's something bigger than all of us at work
here," said Schwab, speaking to reporters at University of
Wisconsin Hospital for the first time since both surgeries. "It's
a shot at a second chance, and you just try to make the most of
Schwab, 39, was diagnosed in late 2001 with the rare, incurable
disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which attacks the air
sacks in the lungs and hinders the body's ability to process
oxygen. The cause of the disease is not known.
Schwab underwent the transplant Feb. 17 after a two-year wait
for a donor. But on March 1, Schwab had shortness of breath and
went into cardiac arrest.
Marquette is playing Boise State in the NIT on Tuesday.