Madeline Deveney’s ’13
Lung Transplant Journey
adeline Deveney ’13 was active while a student
The funds raised by Saint Mark’s helped in part to pay for
at Saint Mark’s. She was a member of the Blue
the Deveney family’s travel, lodging and food expenses.
Gold Club, the Z Club, the Ski Club, and served as
subcommittee chair during her senior year. Madeline has also
On Sunday, August 14, Madeline received The Gift of Life.
endured a twenty-one year struggle with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). It
Coincidently, it was also her brother Patrick Deveney’s,
was while she was a junior, majoring in English at the University
’10 twenty-fifth birthday. After the double lung transplant
of Delaware that she had to take a leave of absence for health
she was in the intensive care unit for four days. Her full-
reasons. On May 9, 2016 during the Spring semester, Deveney
time care team at Johns Hopkins University Hospital had
was activated on the Lung Organ Transplant list at Johns
Madeline walking in less than 20 hours post-transplant.
Hopkins University Hospital (MD). On August 25, eleven days after While waiting for “the call,” Madeline
her transplant, Madeline was
remained positive and active. She
discharged from Johns Hopkins
enjoyed walking her dog and taking
University and recovered at home
pictures at Longwood Gardens
with her mother, Bethann Dunn-
while wearing an oxygen tank on her
Deveny, ’84, for ten weeks. As part
back. In June, the Deveney’s spent
of a continued lifelong recovery
time together relaxing at Madeline’s
process, Madeline returns to Johns
favorite beach in Lewes, Delaware.
Hopkins once or twice per week for follow up visits and tests.
In May, Saint Mark’s raised $1,750 during a Dress Down Day to support
Currently, Madeline is enjoying
the Deveney’s transplant journey.
her new service puppy, Elle, and schedules daily hikes in the tristate area. She plans to return to the University of Delaware after her full recovery.
“A lot of people ask me if I feel any different after the transplant. I always tell them, before it was like my body could keep up but my lungs couldn’t and now it’s like my lungs can keep up but my body can’t.” – Madeline Deveney ’13