Stephen‘s symptoms came on suddenly in 2011, at the age of 48. “It was like a switch going off,” says the Bucks County resident. “I realized I couldn’t breathe.” A CAT scan ordered by a local doctor indicated that scar tissue had been building up for many years and was now triggering Stephen’s distress. His physician recommended that he see Gerard J. Criner, MD, at the Temple Lung Center.
For about eight years, Germantown resident Ronny thought he was getting good care for his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at another hospital. However, in March 2013, his breathing became so difficult that his brother took him to Temple University Hospital, which was near his home.