Penn's Lung Rescue program was recently featured in a story about the young woman who inspired the program's development. The lung rescue team is now able to place patients on ECMO at an outlying hospital and transport them to Penn Presbyterian for the advanced ECMO/pulmonary care they need, faster.
The segment, which aired on 6ABC, told the story of Victoria Palko, a local woman who two years ago was fighting for her life against a rare pneumonia. She first got sick while studying for finals at the University of Delaware. The campus health center diagnosed her with pneumonia and prescribed antibiotics. But days later, back home in New Jersey, her illness turned into a crisis.