Endicott Cattle Rancher Recovers From COVID-19 With New Lungs


by Melissa Rosales, NET News (NE)

April 2, 2021


After four months on a ventilator, a cattle-rancher from Endicott in Southern Jefferson County can finally breathe again with a new pair of lungs after doctors at the University of Nebraska Medical Center performed the state’s first COVID double lung transplant last month.


Jake Immink has been in the hospital since November. The 31-year-old from southeast Nebraska ignored his symptoms last October and kept working on his family’s farm until his mother checked his blood oxygen levels. They were low.


Immink said he checked into Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln on November 3, and a doctor looked at his CT scan.


"And said 'these are the worst lungs I've seen," he said. "That scared me a lot knowing that how many CT scans they've seen, so that night was hard. That night was real hard."


The cattle rancher spent several months on a ventilator. By January, Immink’s doctor did not think he could get better unless he had a lung transplant…


... Immink said he is lucky to be alive...


... He warns Nebraskans to take the virus and pandemic seriously.


"I did but it still got me. Everyone, I hope they get the vaccine. It's real, it's not a hoax," he said...