Schwab Shares Story of Courage
Former La Crosse Catbirds assistant coach Trey Schwab shared his amazing story of courage with the Viterbo community and general public in April.
Schwab was coaching at Marquette University when he developed the rare, incurable lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. A double lung transplant was required to save his life.
Schwab was hooked up to a portable oxygen-generating machine for over two years until a donor was found. Ten days after the seven-hour surgery, he suffered a heart attack due to a pulmonary embolism. With no pulse and no heartbeat, he was clinically dead, but a 40-minute CPR session and subsequent open-heart surgery saved his life.
Five months later, he was back coaching at Marquette. He was the recipient of the United States Basketball Writers Association Most Courageous Award. He is now the outreach coordinator for organ procurement at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He has also served as national spokesperson for National Donor Day since 2003.