CHICAGO — Video captured the moment when Kevin D'Agostino learned his life would change forever.
His family woke him up in the middle of the night to give him the news — he would be receiving a much-needed lung transplant.
"No way mom, not tonight! NO WAY!" he said in the video, simply shocked and overjoyed.
Kevin D got new lungs last night! After being on the transplant list for quite some time, the perfect lungs came. Thank you to Dr. Ali and his team at Loyola for their hard work during the 8 hour surgery. We saw Kevin early this morning and he looks great! They said the surgery well went, and we are excited for his recovery. We also want to keep in mind the donor’s family, we appreciate their gift and are thinking of them during their time of mourning. #kevind #donatelife #giftofhope #transplant #lungs #fighter #signyourlicense #loyolahospital
Michael also thanked the doctors at Loyola in the post, and said his family is very appreciative of the donor's family.
Diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth, Kevin suffered an unrelated brain injury in 2016. While he continued to fight his CF, he ultimately needed a lung transplant. His sister Julie, 22, died after her fight with cystic fibrosis in 2015.
Michael has posted updates of Kevin to social media, including one video where he's taking laps around the nurses stations and another where he thanks all the people who have been rooting for him.
"Don't worry, I'll be as annoying as ever soon enough," Kevin said in the video.
The family created a foundation in their sister Julie's honor. You can learn more about it here: thejuliedfoundation.org