Lufkin City Manager Paul Parker receives lung transplant in Houston

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin City Manager Paul Parker is doing well after receiving a single lung transplant Sunday.

City councilman, Robert Shankle says Parker went in for surgery at Methodist Hospital in Houston around 8 AM Sunday morning and was out by noon.

Shankle says that Parker was only recently approved to be on the transplant list about a month ago.

Parker got a call from Methodist Hospital Friday evening asking him to come to Houston to fill out the paper work for a lung transplant, according to Shankle. He says Parker thought he would get a lung Friday night but was sent home. Around 3 AM Sunday morning, Parker was called back to the hospital in Houston after being notified that a lung was available.

Shankle says Deputy City Manager, Keith Wright will assume Parker's responsibilities in Lufkin in the meantime.

Parker will have to live in Houston for a few months so that his health can be monitored by doctors. Shankle says he has been suffering from cystic fibrosis.

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