ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Almost seven years ago, Jaime Muñoz was diagnosed with lung disease and was told he had a year to live.
On Saturday, he stood before more than a hundred people to tell of the lung transplant that saved his life.
Muñoz thanked organ donors and their families at a special celebration at the University of New Mexico. The event, titled “Gift of a Lifetime,” and hosted by New Mexico Donor Services, was a tribute for the families of those whose deaths saved lives.
Muñoz, a married father of two, was in his early 30s when he received the bleak diagnosis. For years, he struggled as his health deteriorated, watching from a distance as his children grew up before his eyes.