Welcome to the Friends 4 Robert Gough Website!

It is not by chance that you arrived at this site. You are either a friend 4 Robert or looking at being a friend 4 Robert or you're frantically searching for any information about Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). The hope and aim of this website is to bring a heightened awareness to this dreadful, deadly disease and to allow all to follow Robert’s plight to overcome.

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Robert's Story:

At the beginning of his retirement life in late August of 2012, Robert was unloading and helping stack horse hay in a loft when he became very short of breath. Short of breath to the point that he had to sit down and watch. A trip to his personal doctor was scheduled and routine chest x-rays were taken. The x-rays exhibited a hazy appearance in the lower portion of the lungs that set off some red flag alerts. He was referred to a Pulmonologist for further testing and direction. In November of 2012, after a grueling ordeal with a lung biopsy in which his right lung collapsed twice, it was determined that Robert had developed a disease called “Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)”; an incurable, untreatable disease with a short life span (2-5 years). The disease from an unknown source causes the air sacs and tissue in the lung to deteriorate and turn to a fibrin or leather like substance decreasing essential functions of the lungs and leaving the tissue useless. (See the section on “About IPF”) In January 0f 2013, Robert underwent extensive testing and re-evaluation at Ochsner’s Medical Center in New Orleans for direction and to hopefully become eligible to get on their lung transplant list. On May 24, 2013, Robert was placed on the Lung Transplant List with a Lung Assessment Score (LAS) of 35.4851. He is currently residing at their home in Hineston, Louisiana patiently awaiting a double lung transplant.