The 33-year-old, who was born with cystic fibrosis, needed a second double-lung transplant. But the Oklahoma man wouldn't be able to make it through the difficult operation unless he regained some strength in his lungs. His last hope was a respiratory device that has yet to be approved for use in the United States.
DeComo reportedly called a distributor in Canada and arranged for someone to meet him inside the border with the device. Early Saturday morning on Feb. 22, the ALung CEO stopped on a street corner in Fort Erie (near Buffalo, New York) to pick up the respiratory device.