Grandmother Dances With Hospital Staff After Double Lung Transplant
"I can breathe and dance. I couldn't do that before. and now I can NaeNae," Debra Morgan, 60, laughed.
To celebrate a patient's double lung transplant earlier this year, doctors and nurses at Florida Hospital learned the "Watch Me (Whip/NaeNae)" and joined the 60-year-old patient in dancing for the first time with her new lungs.
Debra Morgan suffered from pulmonary fibrosis for almost a decade. Out of breath, the only thing she could dream of was dancing again.
"I haven't been able to dance for a long time, because I haven't been able to breathe," Morgan said in an interview with the Florida Hospital, "and I've always loved to dance."
After Morgan received her transplant, her granddaughter came to visit, and decided to teach her the dance to Silento's song "Watch Me (Whip/NaeNae)."
"I was like, 'What's the NaeNae song?'" Morgan said to her 11-year-old granddaughter, but she wanted to do it anyway, "just to prove, to see I could do it again."
Even though she was still recovering from the surgery, Morgan could be seen by hospital staff practicing the dance from her bed, Amy Pavuk-Gentry, a Florida Hospital representative told InsideEdition.com.
"I can breathe and dance. I couldn't do that before. And now I can NaeNae," she laughed and admitted: "Not well. I still can't."
According to Pavuk-Gentry, her primary physicians then coordinated to do the dance with her.
"All those people [in the video] are the nurses that have been taking care of her," Pavuk-Gentry told IE.com. "They were all really excited. They had been caring for her for over a month."
On the day of her release earlier this month, the entire hospital, including her pulmonologist and the transplant surgeon, came together and joined Morgan in performing the dance.
Dr. Cynthia Gries, medical director of Florida Hospital’s lung transplant program, admitted the staff had practiced the dance for several days leading up to her discharge.
“It’s a wonderful gift, just being able to dance," Dr. Gries said.
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